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The Birthday Concert (Live Version)

Jaco Pastorius

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Album Review

On an irregular basis in the early '80s, the innovative electric bassist Jaco Pastorius led a big band that he called Word of Mouth. This excellent CD documents Pastorius' 30th birthday party, a concert at which he was joined by the Peter Graves Orchestra (consisting of 14 horns, two steel drums, and two percussionists) plus drummer Peter Erskine, Don Alias on conga, and both Michael Brecker and Bob Mintzer on tenors. Brecker co-stars with Pastorius on a strong program that is highlighted by "The Chicken," a burning rendition of "Invitation," and "Liberty City." The music is full of spirit and joy, featuring Pastorius at the peak of his powers just before his tragic decline.

Customer Reviews

Amazing Playing!

While Jaco's playing is amazing you should just get this album for the saxophonists playing on it. Michael Brecker is amazing and is to saxophone what Jaco is to bass playing. I can't stop listening to Punk Jazz. The way Jaco and Brecker interact is mind-boggling. The Chicken is also a great chance to hear Brecker do his best Lenny Pickett SNL impression on the Soul Intro. Get these two if you are limited, but you should buy the whole album. Amazing!

can music be cooler?

The tragedy with Jaco is that itunes doesnt have his best song "Teen Town" Whatever. This is one of the coolest albums for bass players and all peoples to listen to. Jaco was a genius composer, player and legendary for his outlook on life. Ket tracks: Continuum, Punk Jazz, Domingo and his spin on Amerika. Lee

Teen Town's Release

As I am sure Lee knows, "Teen Town" was a Weather Report release (on the Heavy Weather album) and NOT a Jaco Pastorius release (although he's the composer). It isn't on any of his authorized releases, but it is on several of the bootleg "Live in New York City" CDs that were performed with Hiram Bullock and Kenwood Dennard.


Born: December 1, 1951 in Norristown, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

Jaco Pastorius was a meteor who blazed on to the scene in the 1970s, only to flame out tragically in the 1980s. With a brilliantly fleet technique and fertile melodic imagination, Pastorius made his fretless electric bass leap out from the depths of the rhythm section into the front line with fluid machine-gun-like passages that demanded attention. He also sported a strutting, dancing, flamboyant performing style and posed a further triple-threat...
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