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Album Review

The second volume in Columbia's This Is Jazz series to focus on Weather Report narrows the scope to the five-year period Jaco Pastorius spent on bass. His virtuoso playing and gigantic personality gave him a reputation rarely equaled in jazz, and this collection features all of his best moments with the band. It includes each of the six compositions Pastorius contributed to the band, plus his incredible solo workout "Slang" and high-profile roles on three other tracks written by Joe Zawinul or Wayne Shorter. It's a good complement to his solo albums, though it's difficult to envision too many Jaco Pastorius fans who don't have this material yet.

Customer Reviews

Great Intro to Two Great Artists

I first heard of Jaco about 10 years ago and, consequently, Weather Report. This CD was a great one-stop purchase to introduce myself to both of them. In the years since, I've bought a bunch of Weather Report music & nearly everything with Jaco's name on it. There is a wide range of music available from both, so this CD is hardly comprehensive-- but it's not meant to be. It's a terrific primer-- if you like it, go on to Heavy Weather, 8:30, Jaco Pastorius (his solo debut) or Word of Mouth. If you don't like it... well, good luck to you. Personally, I'm grateful this CD came out just as I was interested in discovering what the fuss was all about.

You are overreacting, bassplayer9000.

I think you are overreacting. There are so many compilations that look at Jaco's musical career as a whole, which is good. But, There aren't that many compilations that give a more detailed look at a certain period of his career. As for the title of your review, "Not even half of jaco", it's called a compilation for a reason. Did this album really offend you or did you just feel like taking off on someone?

Not even half of Jaco

This collection of Jaco tunes is perhaps the most perplexing CD I ever encountered. Rather than just have "This is Jazz #40: Jaco Pastorius" they called it "Weather Report the Jaco Years." It's a slap in the face to his memory and Sony should be ashamed. Being limited to Weather Report you miss his work on Joni Mitchell's "Mingus," you don't hear him on Birght Size Life where his soloing is phenomenal AND to top it off you miss all of his solo work. His first album knocked almost every bass player on their butt and his big band that he did after his Weather Report days were over has some beautiful compositions. This album does Jaco no love by being so narrow in their selection.


Formed: 1970

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Weather Report started out as a jazz equivalent of what the rock world in 1970 was calling a "supergroup." But unlike most of the rock supergroups, this one not only kept going for a good 15 years, it more than lived up to its billing, practically defining the state of the jazz-rock art throughout almost all of its run. Weather Report also anticipated and contributed to the North American interest in world music rhythms and structures, prodded by keyboardist/co-founder Joe Zawinul. And WR, like many...
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion
  • Released: Feb 01, 1998

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