Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth

by Jaco PastoriusJaco Pastorius


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Bassist Jaco Pastorius' Word of Mouth orchestra was an unfulfilled dream, a worthy concept that did not last long enough to live up to its potential. Its debut album was released without a listing of the personnel, so here it is: Wayne Shorter, Michael Brecker, and Tom Scott on reeds, trumpeter Chuck Findley, the easily recognizable Toots Thielemans on harmonica, Howard Johnson on tuba, drummers Jack DeJohnette and Peter Erskine, and percussionist Don Alias. The music ranges from the Beatles' "Blackbird" and some Bach to Jaco originals that cover straight-ahead jazz, Coltrane-ish vamps, and fusion. Next to the bassist/leader, Thielemans emerges as the main voice.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992353526
catalogNumber: 3535
Rank: 69896

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jaco Pastorius   Primary Artist
Leroy Williams   Steel Drums
Tommy Johnson   Tuba

Technical Credits

Ray Kelley   Contributor
Michael Brecker   Contributor
Jack DeJohnette   Contributor
Peter Erskine   Contributor
Herbie Hancock   Contributor
Hubert Laws   Contributor
Jaco Pastorius   Arranger,Adaptation
Tom Scott   Contributor
Wayne Shorter   Contributor
George Young   Contributor
Howard Johnson   Contributor
Jim Walker   Contributor
David Taylor   Contributor
John Clark   Contributor
Don Alias   Contributor
Dave Bargeron   Contributor
Roger Bobo   Contributor
David Breinenthal   Contributor
Denyse Buffum   Contributor
Mike Butcher   Contributor
Stuart Canin   Contributor
Bruno Castellucci   Contributor
Hank Cicalo   Contributor
Jason Corsaro   Contributor
Robert Cowart   Contributor
Tim Devine   Contributor
David Duke   Contributor
Arni Egilsson   Contributor
Bob Findley   Contributor
Chuck Findley   Contributor
Mike Gibbs   Contributor
Jim Gilstrap   Contributor
Bernie Grundman   Contributor
Allan Harshman   Contributor
Richard Hilton   Contributor
Jerry Hudgins   Contributor
William Hymanson   Contributor
Dennis Karmazyn   Contributor
John Lehman   Contributor
Edie Lehmann   Contributor
Scott Litt   Contributor
Charles Loper   Contributor
Warren Luening   Contributor
Myrna Matthews   Contributor
Marti McCall   Contributor
Lew McCreary   Contributor
Othello Molineaux   Contributor
Petsye Powell   Contributor
Jim Pugh   Contributor
Jeff Reynolds   Contributor
Russell Schmitt   Contributor
Ricky Schultz   Contributor
Alfie Silas   Contributor
Toots Thielemans   Contributor
Zedric Turnbough   Contributor
Gerald Vinci   Contributor
Brad Warnaar   Contributor
David Weiss   Contributor
Snooky Young   Contributor
Robert Thomas   Contributor
Paul Horn-Muller   Contributor
Peter Yianilos   Contributor
Simon Levy   Contributor
Brian Risner   Contributor
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Contributor
Jules Chaikin   Contributor
Bruce Bransby   Contributor
Vincent "Vincenzo" Oliveri   Contributor
Deborah Sabusawa   Contributor
Harvey Michael Schaps   Contributor
Larry Warrilow   Contributor
Mari   Contributor
Paul Bruno   Contributor
Didier Leonard   Contributor
Lorin Levee   Contributor
Peter Gordon   Contributor

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Word of Mouth 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anything that Jaco Pastorius even participated in was superlative, if not for his contributions. However, this particular work is just an outstanding example of progressive big band music as well as jazz composition and arranging, and all around production. And of course, Jaco's playing is phenominal. -R.k.S.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jaco was/is the best LEAD bassist in the musical world... his sometimes subtle, sometimes brash, sometimes arrogant playing makes this album perhaps the most diverse Jaco album. Even with the small number of tracks, Jaco takes an idea from beginning to end, and lets it play out as it wants to, but always keeping it under control.