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Jaco Pastorius


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.76 | 10 ratings

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4 stars Jaco Pastorius was great bassist at his best, but too often his recordings are very chaotic, even hardly accessible. This album is rare case when you can hear his geniality in full.

Heavy'n'Jazz is live album recorded by Jaco Pastorius power trio in Italy. And his last recorded performance. Two other trio members are excellent French musicians Serge Bringolf (drums) and guitarist Biréli Lagrène. Album's music is very different from Jaco's orchestrated or post-bop jazzy recordings. Music there is heavy fusion on it's best.

The very first composition is Coleman's "Broad Way Blues", 12:42 minutes long, full of improvisations and bass and drums soloing. Second song is medley, combined with guitarist Lagrène's composition "Bluma" and rock classic "Smoke On The Water". Amazing guitarist work! And Hendrix's songs medley there as well!

"The Star Spangled Banner" is a Jaco's moment, and he shows his bass abilities in full there. "Reza" is classic Pastorius song, but there it sounds different, more in rock key."Honestly" returns us back in Jaco's Weather Report time. Great jazzy bass line!

"Invitation" is electric guitar driven jazzy tune, but bass improves are important parts of all composition. Album finishes with producer's Jan Jankeje composition "Jaco's Reggae"- melodic pop-jazz tune.

Jaco Pastorius' legacy is great in many moments, but you will hardly find there full album as strong as this one. Excellent entrance to his music as well.

snobb | 4/5 |


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