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Word of Mouth Import

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Jaco Pastorius - Word Of Mouth - Cd

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In 1981, while still with Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius amassed this unremitting, topnotch big band into which he threads anything that appealed to his vast jazz imagination--from the bell-clanging Caribbean to the burning soul of R&B to the jaunty European boulevards. On board are Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, Don Alias, and others. The result is skirmishing, scurrying, all-in slabs of sound that suddenly give way to fluid quietude with chorus and strings and, most wonderfully weirdly, to harmonica features from Toots Thielemans. Pastorius is always close to the front, a fretless-bass phenom who out-guitared most guitarists. He also wrote and arranged well, taking care not to let vim and pepper do all the talking. --Peter Monaghan
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002KM3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on November 28, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Jaco Pastorius sophomore effort, coming 5 years after his solo debut (and after a few albums with Weather Report and Joni Mitchell), demonstrates his compositional talent. On "Three Views of Secret", Jaco restrains his playing and keeps it within the context of the song. This is a beautiful piece, cited by many as the quintessential Pastorius piece. On Bach's "Chromatic Fantasy", he shows off his speed and technical virtuosity, and continues into McCartney and Lennon's "Blackbird", in which he maintains both the bass and part of the melody in a complex bit of fretboard mastery. "Liberty City" highlights his ability to arrange for horns (a talent also shown on Joni Mitchell's "Mingus" album) and again play within the song. "Word of Mouth", by contrast, is a frenzied attack, with Jaco quoting from his own version of "Donna Lee" (the opening cut on his debut) and exhibiting the lightning-quick sixteenth-note playing that astounded all who saw him play. "John and Mary", named after his first two children, is a nice piece that includes what are probably the voices of the children, along with a happy chorus and Jaco's own inimitiable vocals as well. Altogether, a very good album, and worthwhile for anyone attracted to Jaco's "punk jazz".
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well...I listen to it and I sadly wish Jaco had lived longer. Then "Word of Mouth" would have been fun to listen to as Jaco trying really really hard - putting as much in an album as he possibly could. Had he lived, I imagine him refining and simplifying his compositions and arrangements. This album is very very big. There are so many things going on that it sometimes sounds cloudy. I love "John and Mary", probably my favorite cut. Funny how it resembles some of the weather report songs from the live 8:30 album... these long, joyful-sounding, hum-along anthems. As a jaco fan I love it, but I'm glad I first got into Jaco from hearing his first solo album and Invitation. Once I loved those albums I could then handle his manic orchestration of Word of Mouth.
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Word of Mouth is a collection of inventive, creative tunes and arrangements performed by a diverse collection of talented musicians. It runs the gamut of emotions, from the frenetic to the sublime. The music is always leading us somewhere, never content to stagnate. This is music that you should sit down and listen to, definitely not background music. This is the unique work of a gifted musician and composer.
Oh yeah, and he can play bass too.
This album is about Jaco Pastorius as a composer and a musician. While he does take a few moments to dazzle us with his virtuosity on the electric bass, what really captivates is the sweep of this entire album as a complete work. His bass playing is everywhere, contributing significantly to the musical whole, but is always subservient to the musical task at hand.
This album is not just for bass players. This is a real gem. Go get it!
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For those of you who only revere Jaco's virtuoistic bass playing, this is not the cd for you. Get Weather Report's "Heavy Weather" and Jaco's debut album for that. Rather this is the album that revealed Jaco as potentially the most important big band jazz arranger since Duke Ellington, which tragically was not to be. His creativity and grasp of the sonic possibilities of a big band are amazing. Check out the subtlety of the orchestration on the free jazz blowout Crisis. Check out his use of steel drums and harmonica throughout. For my money, his arrangement of Blackbird is the best (and most twisted) cover of a Beatle's tune I've ever heard, honoring the original while expanding exponentially on its possibilities. It also doesn't hurt that Jaco has a veritable Who's Who of the jazz world playing on his record, all the height of their powers. In particular, check out Herbie Hancock's solo on Liberty City and Toots Thielmans on practically everything. They're both phenomenal. (For another great Herbie sideman performance, check out Milton Nascimento's Milton, a class Brazilian jazz album.) Essential. If you would like to read more reviews like this, check out JazzboNotes.com.
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Word of Mouth, Jaco Pastorius' second solo release from 1981, at the time was a eclectic collection of work that met with mixed reviews.

Since his untimely death, where listeners at large have delved into his recorded past, live and in studio, to satisfy the obvious void of not having him here today, this collection of work has grown into its own. What was once eclectic or odd to one's ears is now commonplace and dare say, has become my genrations jazz "standard".

Pastorius' background and influcences validate and solidfy this work. Jaco's big band original/arrangments such as Three Views of a Secret and Liberty City are direct products of his discovery and love for this style of music as a young boy listening to either tv show soundtracks and music as well as his Father's love for Sinatra's music growing up, to name a few. Combine that with his growing up to the sounds of the Beatles, James Brown etc etc and one can understand "where he was coming from".

The jewel here is "Three Views of a Secret", hands down regarded as the most beloved Pastorius original by his collegues, friends, family and fans, whether they are casual, one time or fulltime fans.

If there is once song to define where his career matured to or was heading, "Three Views" is it.

If you enjoy this tune then check out the 2 CD set called "Twins-The Jaco Pastorius Big Band Live in Japan", this is the completed unedited versions of the Big Band live. I highly recommend avoiding the badly edited versions released in the US as "Invitation".

"Twins" is worth its higher price tag and the search to find it.
Jack Frisch
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