Continuum 4. Portrait Of Tracy 6. Ocus Pocus 7. Okonkole'y Trompa 8. Used To Be A Cha-cha 9. Forgotten Love Total time Bonus tracks on remaster: Performers, teachers, students, garage jammers, fans of live music -- getting together is what we do. But we have to be careful for a while yet, and not gather in crowds. Stay healthy. Audio tracks included. Blog Highlights.
Save time and money and reduce your carbon footprint! Release Date March 20, Track Listing. Donna Lee. Jaco Pastorius. Barbary Coast. Especially here on his eponymous album he strikes me as a very serious musician. So far removed from the out of control caricature he would be reduced to when substance abuse and mental illness eventually overwhelmed him. It is easy to see why his talents were in demand as both a producer and session man throughout his unjustly short career.
Musically, this album airs much more on the jazz side of the fusion spectrum. For the most part however, Jaco Pastorius, the album, is quite reserved; at least from the perspective of wanting to turn the volume all the way up to eleven.
That isn't to say they are dull though. Jaco, the man, is usually front centre really exploring what his now legendary fretless 'bass of doom' is capable of. If you are a bass player and you've somehow kept your head in the sand on the subject of Jaco Pastorius, it is in your best interests to correct the omission. This album will also appeal to people like me who are taking their first tentative steps into the wide world of jazz.
Finally, for fans of truly progressive music there will be plenty to take away: sublime bass playing, a variety of musical styles and an assembly of music which rarely if ever treads through its own footsteps. It isn't an essential album, but it is a reliably well above average one. Jaco Pastorius the album is an excellent addition to any progressive music collection. Four stars of a possible five. The album begins well with the rocking American Boy and continues with an interesting version of Charlie Parker's Donna Lee.
This song is essentially Jaco taking a bass solo over drums and a bass synth. It's very nice. Besides the blandness of the disco, the singing comes off at least these days as a bit racist. The program continues like that for three-quarters of an hour, each track heading off in a different direction -- each one a masterpiece that would have been a proud achievement for any musician. What made Jaco so exceptional was that he was responsible for all of them, and this was his debut album.
Beyond his phenomenal bass technique and his surprisingly mature compositional chops he was 24 when this album was released , there was the breathtaking audacity of his arrangements: "Okonkole Y Trompa" is scored for electric bass, French horn, and percussion, and "Speak Like a Child," which Pastorious composed in collaboration with pianist Herbie Hancock , features a string arrangement by Pastorious that merits serious attention in its own right.