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Album Review

This is a logical tribute album from one great bassist (Brian Bromberg) to another (Jaco Pastorius). The front of the CD purposely resembles Pastorius' debut recording, and the program features six Pastorius songs (including two versions of "Teen Town"), Joe Zawinul's "A Remark You Made," the R&B standard "The Chicken," and Bromberg's "Tears." A master at tapping his bass and equally skilled on electric and acoustic basses, Bromberg also has the ability to sound a bit like Pastorius when he wants. This excellent tribute set uses different personnel and instrumentation on each selection and shows off the many sides of Pastorius, both as a bassist and as a composer. Highly recommended. [Jaco was released in a DVD audio edition in 2003; note that the instrumental version of "Come On, Come Over" included on the original CD is absent from the DVD audio version.]

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Worthy Tribute To The Late Great Jaco

Commercially, Brian Bromberg is one of the most underrated jazz bassists although extremely well respected in the musician circles as a versatile bassist capable of playing anything jazz, fusion and funk. He is one of the few bassists to master the tapping technique made famous by Stanley Jordan.

When I first saw this album captured instantly with the portrait photo cover cleverly similar to the style, layout and colors of the great Jaco Pastorius' 1976 debut solo album and then proceeded to check out the songs covered and the guest musician lineup on it, I knew this one was worth checking out.

Jaco in his relatively short but absolutely outstanding career (he sadly died in 1987) revolutionized the role of the electric bass guitar and took it up a huge notch as a liberated, up-front melodic 'voice' and therefore giving it an uninhibited, imaginative passion, heart and soul rather than what was a low-end time keeper basically at the time.

On "Jaco", the great Weather Report of whom Jaco spent 6 brilliant, groundbreaking years, is represented with three absolute classics. Bromberg slows down the great "Teen Town" in 1/2-time and provides a very accessible and infectious funky, hip-hop groove and in doing so solidifying his masterful talent. The superb Bob Mintzer provides the gorgeous sax on the ever-so-smooth, just beautiful "A Remark You Made" in addition to the suite-like "Three Views Of A Secret" which Bromberg successfully upbeats the tempo from the original.

Jaco's owns funkified "Come On, Come On" is refreshed with Bill Champlain and Bobby Kimball (of Toto fame) on vocals and Eric Marienthal on sax with Bromberg cleaning up on a 5-string bass. Jaco's beautiful and pervading "Continuum" and simply gorgeous "Portrait Of Tracy" continue the wonderful arrangement and musicianship of Bromberg and company. Jaco's first ever recorder song, funky "The Chicken", is superbly represented here as well. Bromberg adds some personal touches on his own-penned ballad "Tears". Perhaps the showcase of Bromberg's extraordinary musicianship is displayed on "Slang" as he taps and slaps with reckless abandon between fretted and fretless basses.

Jaco is looking down and is smiling on a job well done....................


Born: 1960 in Tucson, AZ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A very versatile acoustic and electric bassist capable of playing straight-ahead jazz, funk, and fusion, Brian Bromberg is also one of the few bassists to master the tapping technique made famous by Stanley Jordan, sometimes sounding like three bassists at once during his often-thunderous solos. Although he was a drummer at the age of 13, the following year Bromberg started classical lessons on bass. He developed quickly and by the time he was 19, he was part of Stan Getz's group. Bromberg has been...
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Jaco, Brian Bromberg
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion
  • Released: Aug 27, 2002

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