Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth Revisited

Word of Mouth Revisited
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  • Released: August 26, 2003
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Heads Up


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This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Producers: Peter Graves, Michael J. Hurzon, Marcus Miller.
Includes liner notes by John C. Bruening.
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regulaur audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
This is a Hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
Producers: Peter Graves, Michael J. Hurzon, Marcus Miller.
Includes liner notes by John C. Bruening.
Lyricist: Allen Perry.
Personnel: Jaco Pastorius Big Band (electric bass); Randy Bernsen (guitar, koto); Billy Ross (flute, piccolo, woodwinds, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Gary Keller (flute, clarinet, woodwinds, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Michael Brignola (flute, bass clarinet, woodwinds, baritone saxophone); Mike Scaglione (flute, tenor saxophone); Ed Calle (clarinet, woodwinds, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Marcus Miller (bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, Clavinet, bass synthesizer, bass guitar, drums, scratches); Roger Byman (soprano saxophone); Jeff Kievit, Jason Carder, Kenneth Faulk (trumpet, flugelhorn, brass); Michael "Patches" Stewart (trumpet); Dana Teboe (trombone, brass); John Kricker (bass trombone, brass); Craig Gosnell (bass trombone); Michael Levine (piano, electric piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Joe Zawinul (keyboards); Gary Mayone (marimba); Mark Griffith (drums).
Audio Mixers: Christian "Wicked" Wicht; Michael Bishop .
Liner Note Authors: Christian McBride; Larry Warrilow; John C. Bruening; Gerald Veasley; Jeff Carswell; Jimmy Haslip; Marcus Miller; Peter Graves ; Richard Bona; Victor Bailey; Victor Wooten.
Recording information: Hannibal Studios, Santa Monica, CA (03/2003-04/2003); Room 1507, Soho Grand Hotel, New York, NY (03/2003-04/2003); The Bern-Haus, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (03/2003-04/2003); The Gallery, Miami, FL (03/2003-04/2003).
Editors: Ivan Zervigon; Randy Bernsen; Javier Carrion.
Photographers: Paul Greco; Robert Bowman; Lourdes Escasena; Matt Sexton; Tom Copi.
Arrangers: Jaco Pastorius Big Band; Larry Warrilow; Dan Bonsanti; Marcus Miller; Peter Graves ; Stan Webb.
Back before he turned everyone's idea of bass playing inside out, Jaco Pastorius spent five years on the bandstand with the Peter Graves Orchestra at Bachelors III, a swanky spot in his hometown of Ft. Lauderdale. Nearly three decades after the future star's departure in 1975, and 16 years after his brutal murder, Graves got the guys back together, christened them in their former colleague's name, and invited the most prominent bass guitarists of the early 21st century down to join them in a project dedicated to Pastorius' legacy. Throughout these polished performances, the bass parts testify to how profoundly Pastorius altered that instrument's role. Bottom line (so to speak): he gave them the option of playing from a soloist mentality and blowing all over the beat, as fast and free as any saxophonist, as long as he or she had chops and didn't subvert the groove. The guest bassists on this collection absorbed this lesson long ago. Each can scatter quick licks, some of them even faster than Pastorius himself. So why does a vague disenchantment haunt these performances? Perhaps it's because these players, great as they are, are still emulating more than discovering. Some imitate even the nuances of the Pastorius tone and phrasing, as does Richard Bona on "Punk Jazz" -- which, of course, may be a form of tribute in this context. On an opposite extreme, the light-speed, staccato hailstorm unleashed by Victor Wooten on "Teen Town" is fundamentally unmusical, focusing on the player more than the material being played -- which is, come to think of it, the real revelation here. Pastorius' tunes reflect a compositional maturity that wasn't always evident in the more improvisational context of Weather Report, and his arrangements -- notably an idiosyncratic treatment of "Killing Me Softly" and the marimba-flavored exotica of "Opus Pocus" -- suggest that had he had more time, he would have written history with his pen as much as his performance. One complaint: the samples of Pastorius' voice, chopped into microbits that carry no meaningful content and seem intended to function as objects of postmodern reflection, if not reverence. All these interruptions accomplish is to remind you that some artists speak most eloquently without words. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk

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