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Jaco Pastorius [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Jaco PastoriusAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (August 1, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1976
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004VWA7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In 1976, the first 10 minutes of this eponymous disc took the listener on a jazz world cruise directed by the instrumentalist-composer Jaco Pastorius, who thus gave notice that there was a new sheriff in town and that narrow definitions of jazz would simply not do. More so even than his groundbreaking work as a member of Weather Report, Jaco's music on this, his debut album as a leader (and in a trio setting with his soulmate Pat Metheny on the guitarist's maiden voyage, Bright Size Life), defines his greatness, his outreach, and his ambition. Boppish changes à la Miles Davis come through with Jaco's incredible touch, tone phrasing, and rhythmic locomotion--as does the musical leap of faith from bebop to funky-butt R&B delivered with lyrical majesty on Jaco's aptly titled "Continuum."

This reissue greatly enhances the fidelity of Jaco Pastorius, particularly in the bassist's famous, elusive tone, from lightly chorused, vocal-tenorlike glissandos on "Continuum" and the bell-like harmonics of "Portrait of Tracy" to his percussive, hand-drumlike rhythmic cycles underneath Peter Gordon's august French horn on "Oknokole Y Trompa." Even more stunning are the manner in which Jaco deploys a steel drum choir underneath Wayne Shorter on "Opus Pocus" and the ferocious Latin-inflected groove Jaco, Lenny White, and Don Alias conjure under Herbie Hancock on two takes--one unissued until now--of "(Used to Be a) Cha-Cha." Pat Metheny contributes an extraordinary set of liner notes to this set, putting Jaco's contributions to jazz and the bass in sharp perspective. Still, a spirit of innovation and discovery suffuses every note on Jaco Pastorius, and it is startling how modern and engaging this music remains. --Chip Stern

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Father of fretless electric bass August 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
At long last, the stunning debut album by Jaco Pastorius gets the royal treatment by the folks at Sony Legacy. Recorded in 1976 prior to joining Weather Report, it's clear from the first bar that this man is serious business!!! From the opening track, a cover of the Charlie Parker classic "Donna Lee"(written by Miles Davis) featuring Jaco only accompanied by a conga player to the final cut "Forgotten Love",it's very apparent that we're hearing something we've never heard before. Pastorius took the bass from being a support instrument, to front and center, without being tedious or overdone. Other highlights of this album include "Portrait of Tracy", and "Continuum". "Jaco Pastorius" features excellent support from the likes of Herbie Hancock, Hubert Laws, David Sanborn, Michael Brecker and Lenny White. This reissue also features two unreleased tracks that were not part of the original LP. The booklet features rare photos from the recording sessions and has great liner notes written by Pat Metheny. The 24-bit remaster is a tremendous sonic improvement over the original CD issue and the disc label even has the original orange Epic logo on the disc. A first class reissue of a fusion jazz classic.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "My name is John Francis Pastorius III.." February 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"..and I'm the greatest bass player in the world."
Big words, eh?
Jaco Pastorius didn't just make himself known by sharing the above statement with everyone who'd listen, however: he was (and remains) an unparalleled musical giant because it was quite simply the truth. The first track of his self-titled debut alone is a stunning jaw-dropper, a bare-bones rearrangement of Miles Davis's "Donna Lee" where Jaco's bass handles all the voices and harmonies in one unbelievable tasty dance of fretwork. (Maybe that's not the best word since his trademark bass had its frets removed, but nevermind.) Jaco's onmivorous musical mind meant that he wasn't content just to become a virtuoso player; he brought the bass to lead-instrument possibilities it had never seen before and his talents extended to brilliant composition & arrangements as well. Add to that the fact that he was 24 years old when this album saw the light of day, and.. the mind just boggles.
Besides that scorching opener, this disc offers a wildly colorful ride with a different face and mood for each track. "Come On, Come Over" is 70s soul/funk with Sam & Dave dropping in for the album's only vocals. "Continuum" and "Portrait of Tracy" are gorgeous ballads.. the former a small-band gem with the bass as lead voice, the latter a breathtaking solo. "Okonkole Y Trompa" is groovy and mysterious with perhaps a hint of some kind of black magic; "Opus Pocus" is a slow-bouncing tropical romp full of steel drums and some (perhaps dated) electric piano. "Cha-Cha" continues that feeling, replacing those tones with some sprite-like piccolo and flute that flit exuberantly all over the place, not to mention some brilliant Herbie Hancock piano work.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true musical genius. January 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Jaco Pastorius was undoubtedly a brilliant musician, in every sense of the word. Not only was he an incredible bassist, but he was a gifted composer, who really knew how to get the most out of his instrument. This, his first solo album, is excellent from start to finish. There's plenty of diversity here, and a regular who's who of musicians backing him up. The list includes David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and many more. There are three drummers on here, Bobby Economou, Narada Michael Walden, and Lenny White. All three put on a great performance, but Lenny's is undoubtedly the most impressive.
As I mentioned before, this album is very diverse. There are two bass solo songs (only bass). The first, "Donna Lee", is the opening track, and is a prime example of Jaco's incredible prowess. The second, "Portrait of Tracy", is more laid-back, and shows that in addition to being a technical virtuoso, he had a great sense of melody as well. "Come On, Come Over" has more of a 70's funk feel, and is the only song on the album to feature vocals. "Opus Pocus" is a bit unusual, with odd complex bass work, and some cool steel drums to give it a bit of a tropical feel. "Forgotten Love" doesn't even have Jaco on it, and is perhaps the least interesting track here, but still a nice tranquil piano piece. "6/4 Jam" is a bit repetitive, but Lenny's jaw-dropping performance makes up for it.
The best songs, without a doubt, are "Kuru/Speak Like a Child" and "Used To Be a Cha Cha". Both feature some very fast and infectious basslines, and incredible piano from the great Herbie Hancock. Very technical and diverse songs, with great melody as well. At around 8 minutes each, both go by quite fast.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Loves Ya' February 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Everything has been said about this man already and yet it will never all be said about him. Everyone I've had listen to Jaco is immediately astounded, even though this album is nearly 30 years old (older than Jaco was at the recording session). It never gets stale and it even reaches out to my own young boys of 10 and 12. Jaco should be entered into the music history dictionaries along with other great virtuosos.

This debut album is certainly a must and should not be missed from anyone's collection, no matter what your taste in music.

Good follow-up is to read about his life and family through the family website(s), the biography written about him and to explore his other work with Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, Pat Mathaney, etc...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best bassist ever.
Jaco was the greatest ever, and this album proves it. His version of Donna Lee is simply amazing.
Published 1 month ago by Dale Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Cant believe how much I love this album
Published 1 month ago by M. Iles
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought the original in 1976, but wore it out!
I had to have this new edition. Jaco changed my life and was the reason I started playing music. Simply unbelievable.
Published 3 months ago by Bryan A. Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this guy!
How do you spell Awesome! Was not aware that an electronic bass could do what this guy basically created. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gbaby
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Virtuoso on Bass' First Solo Album Now In MLPS Format!
Listening to this album for me was a real eye opener and showed me how even the bass can be a formidable lead instrument in the right hands and not just the usual part of the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Frederick Baptist
4.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Bass Guitarist Ever
My son-in-law who is a bass guitarist went totally nuts when he got this from me for Christmas. I've never seen him so animated. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Margaret Caneda
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaco unleashed
As Sting has remarked, Jaco had the same effect on the bass guitar community in the 70s that Jimi Hendrix had had on the guitar community in the 60s. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John Rycraft
5.0 out of 5 stars great album, great quality
This is a great reissue, everything you'd expect. The quality is noticeably better, little subtleties I'd never noticed before now stand out.
Published 11 months ago by Zachary Byers-Norton
1.0 out of 5 stars Love the guy, hate the c.d.
I couldn't do it. I became interested in
Jaco P. through Joni Mitchell albums. His
Weather Report and solo c.d.'s are
unrelatable to me. Sorry! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cheryl Zotter
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Wish he was still around. Not as well known of an album, probably the Weather Report stuff people remember more, but there are some great cuts on here that are pure Jaco.
Published 12 months ago by Todd P Baker
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