Word of Mouth Revisited

Word of Mouth Revisited

by Jaco Pastorius Big BandJaco Pastorius Big Band


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2003
Label: Heads Up
UPC: 0053361307820
catalogNumber: 3078
Rank: 70215

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jaco Pastorius Big Band   Primary Artist,Bass,Electric Bass
Victor Bailey   Bass
Randy Bernsen   Guitar,Koto,Rhythm,Soloist,Group Member
Peter Graves   Conductor,Group Member
Jimmy Haslip   Bass
Gerald Veasley   Bass
Joe Zawinul   Keyboards
Michael Brignola   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Woodwind,Group Member
Ed Calle   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist,Group Member
Kenneth Faulk   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Brass,Group Member
Michael Levine   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Rhythm,Soloist,Group Member
Christian McBride   Bass
Marcus Miller   Bass,scratching,Bass Clarinet,Drums,Bass Guitar,Soprano Saxophone,Clavinet,Synthesizer Bass
Billy Ross   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist,Group Member
Dana Teboe   Trombone,Brass,Group Member
Victor Wooten   Bass
John Kricker   Bass Trombone,Brass,Group Member
Mike Scaglione   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Jason Carder   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Brass,Soloist,Group Member
Jeff Carswell   Bass
Mark Griffith   Drums
Gary Keller   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind,Group Member
Gary Mayone   Marimbas,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Michael "Patches" Stewart   Trumpet
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Brass,Group Member
Bobby Thomas   Hand Drums,Guest Appearance
Richard Bona   Bass
Roger Byman   Soprano Saxophone
Dave Pastorius   Bass
Craig Gosnell   Bass Trombone,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Victor Bailey   Liner Notes
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Jaco Pastorius   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Randy Bernsen   Engineer,Engineering
Pee Wee Ellis   Composer
Stan Webb   Arranger
Peter Graves   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Jimmy Haslip   Liner Notes
Gerald Veasley   Liner Notes
Michael Bishop   Engineer,Engineering
Dan Bonsanti   Arranger
Charles Fox   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Dave Love   Executive Producer
Christian McBride   Liner Notes
Marcus Miller   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Orchestration,Woodwind Arrangement,Engineering
Victor Wooten   Liner Notes
Jeff Carswell   Liner Notes
Michael Hurzon   Producer
David Newsom   Enhanced CD Design
Ivan Zervigon   Engineer,Engineering
Larry Warrilow   Arranger,Liner Notes,Orchestration,Sound Consultant
Richard Bona   Liner Notes
Robert Hoffman   Art Direction
Todd Brown   Video Editor
Juan Cristobal Losada   Engineer,Engineering
Javier Carrion   Engineer,Engineering
John C. Bruening   Liner Notes,Track Annotations
Allen Perry   Lyricist,Voice Editing
Jaco Pastorius Big Band   Arranger,Cover Image

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