Sunday 24 November 2019
Pastorius. Jaco - Jaco Pastorius (1976)
The debut album from this US bassist.
Jaco Pastorius on bass had a myriad of musicians with him on this album providing woodwinds, strings, guitars, all sort of percussion, all sort of keyboards and vocals.
Herbie Hancock, Lenny White, Wayne Shorter, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker and David Sanborn is some of the most famous musicians helping out Jaco on this album.
Already by then, Jaco was regarded as one of the finest musicians of his generation. He had already worked with Weather Report, Miles Davis, Pat Methany and many others.
In short, he was a big star already.
This album elevated him further up into the stratosphere.
It offers a mix of jazz, some r'n'b, some prog and some fusion. Everything with his playing in the forefront.
It is not for nothing that this album is called the ultimate bass album and the best bass album of all time. The album erupted onto the scene and made many musicians drop their jaw to the floor.
It is off course brilliant even for those of us who are not playing bass. There is a lot of good stuff here.... Well, all of it is good stuff and the album deserve the cult status it has got.
It is also a great testament to a musician who passed away far too soon. A musician who will never be forgotten.