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Birthday Concert [Import]

Jaco PastoriusAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino/Wea UK
  • ASIN: B0000C24JN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Soul Intro/The Chicken
2. Continuum
3. Invitation
4. Three Views of a Secret
5. Liberty City
6. Punk Jazz
7. Happy Birthday
8. Reza
9. Domingo
10. Band Intros
11. Amerika

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Jaco PASTORIUS The Birthday Concert CD

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Jaco fun July 3, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is a terrific, fun album. It's the way I wish I could have seen Jaco. A small club with a great band, featuring a terrific horn section and a drummer that is totally in sinc with Jaco's playing. This album was recorded live at Mr. Pips in Ft Lauderdale, which was a familiar place to all of us who grew up in Ft Lauderdale. Peter Yianolos did a superb job of capturing the sound of the band. Cut's on this album like The Chicken and Liberty City reflect Jaco's R&B roots more than the more jazz oriented material he came to be known for with Weather Report, although there is some of that type of material included as well. This album is a terrific way to introduce the young bassist to Jaco as well as a good way to for the seasoned Jaco fan to remember where Jaco came from musically.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Learn To Love It... March 22, 2004
By Nimrod
Format:Audio CD
On first listening, I had some hard time swallowing this album. I was already familiar with the blasting, amzingly energetic opening track, 'Soul Intro-The Chicken', in fact it was my 'wake-up- song for quite a long time (Truly fills you up with energy, you should try it...), So I wasn't surprised by it. The hardest to eat was "Invitation". The theme tune is cool, but it gets very abstaract as it goes on, and it was hard for me to dig. The rest was good.
However, on a second and third listening, you start hearing things you didn't hear at first. Jaco's cool bass lines, cool horn phrases, nice and inspiring improvisions. Now, it is one of my favorite CDs, and I recommend it to every Jaco fan and every Jazz Musician.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The worlds greatest bass player April 8, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite CDs. I never tire of it. Ive loaned it to many friends who love jazz but have never heard of Jaco, without exception they are always amazed by the unique sound. This CD is worth every penny.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Jaco's live album "Invitation", recorded live in Japan (originally a double album, I believe, with a different title in the US), is an excellent large-venue recording. "The Birthday Concert", however, is special because it was obviously recorded in a much smaller hall, resulting in a much more intimate listening experience.
Co-produced by drummer Peter Erskine, the CD consits of music culled from 2 live performances by the Word of Mouth big band at a party thrown by Jaco for his own 30th birthday. While the opus rendition of "Invitation" and the experimental "Reza" are more than a bit difficult to listen to in entirity (MUCH better versions of both songs can be found on the live CD "Invitiation"), the remaining selections, including the uplifting "Liberty City", the funky "Soul Intro: The Chicken", and the college pep-bandish "Domingo", make this CD well worth a spot in anyone's collection.
Although it was a nice idea to leave Jaco's brief comments between songs in the final production, Mr. Erskine should not have included Jaco's lengthy introduction of the band members; this information is best left to the liner notes in the CD jacket. Another minus is the inclusion of "Happy Birthday", arranged and played by the band as a surprise for Jaco; this tune loses its charm after the second or third listen.
Listen carefully to hear Jaco vocalizing and giving directions to the band throughout the recording. Guests: Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Don Alias, Peter Erskine, others.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Birthday Concert: An Evening With Jaco September 14, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"The Birthday Concert" is a disc that holds a great deal of appeal for both bassists and jazz-lovers in general. Jaco is, by most accounts, on top of his game on this recording. For bass enthusiasts, it is instructive to listen to this excellently produced recording of Jaco's live playing, as opposed to a more refined studio recording. In particular, listen to the interplay between Jaco and the soloists on several numbers, especially "The Chicken." There are elements here that can only be gleaned from a live recording such as this. Any aspiring bassist should listen carefully to these spontaneous musical connections. One of the strongest aspects of this recording is the first class horn section. It includes some of the finest jazz musicians around, e.g. Michael Brecker, Robert Mintzer, David Bargeron, Peter Graves, and others. The flawless execution of the horn lines by this group is truly exciting to hear. Drummer Peter Erksine has a perfect lock with Jaco the entire time, which automatically takes one back to their glory days in Weather Report. The album includes a wide range of styles, from the funky soul of "The Chicken" to the more experimental "Reza." That last title in particular is worth noting simply because of the percussion skills of Don Alias, and the talented Othello Molineaux on pans. But regardless of the style, the energy level is extremely high throughout the entire disc. An added bonus is the charming arrangement of "Happy Birthday" for the brass. We haven't heard anything like this since Stan Kenton's innovative big band arrangements of the 50's and 60's. Overall, this album provides a sampler of Jaco's favorite tunes, with his chops in good shape, and backed up by a killer horn section. Read more ›
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Jaco Pastorius changed forever the role of electric bass. His unmistakable sound and fruitful creativity have inspired musicians for decades. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Sempau Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd in live!!! Jaco Pastorius is a biggest bassman!!!!
Jaco Pastorius is one of the most important bass players of all time. A controversial musician and unfortunately he died very young but left a deep legacy in the world of jazz. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Manuel Carranza C
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaco's "Wall of Sound"
Jaco jams on his birthday with what seems like several hundred of his closest musician friends including Michael Brecker, Bob Minzer and Peter Erskine. Read more
Published 16 months ago by John Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars there's more than one jaco
just 'discovered' jaco recently - for all bassists, funk/jazz lovers, people with ears, this is a must-buy, along with his self-titled album two of the best records i've listened... Read more
Published on November 12, 2009 by D. LAKE
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jaco Classic!
This stellar live set features Jaco Pastorius at the height of his powers as one of the greatest musicians of all time. Read more
Published on September 13, 2009 by Jonathan Guarriello
2.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars?
I don't understand the reviews of this album. Jaco was an amazing jazz bassist. But he is so overshadowed by all the brass instruments on this album that the end result is... Read more
Published on January 18, 2007 by Oh No !
5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Great CD
This is a great CD if you like bass guitar playing. I have really enjoyed it!
Published on January 3, 2007 by P. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Evening!
The live set celebrating the 30th birthday of Jaco Pastorius features band members from each part of his career. Read more
Published on August 22, 2006 by Best Of All
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Jaco Pastorius is one of the greatest bass players of all time and you would expect his birthday concert to be a great one. Read more
Published on August 28, 2005 by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars YaZooks!
Monster grooves. What a night. Everyone was on, Jaco was into it... and the studio remix -- although many years after the event, was a quality effort. Read more
Published on February 18, 2004 by Jorge Barbarosa
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