Jaco Pastorius - Modern American Music Period The Criteria Sessions - 2014 RSD Jazz 180 LP
Jaco Pastorius Modern American Music...Period! The Criteria Sessions
Format: Vinyl, 12" Red marble Vinyl, 180 Grm
Record Store Day 2014
has pic insert
Country: USA & Canada
Released: 19 Apr 2014
A1 Balloon Song (12-Tone) 8:07
A2 Pans #1 4:49
A3 Havona/Continuum 10:22
B1 Kuru 5:39
B2 Continuum 4:03
B3 Opus Pocus (Pans #2) 6:09
B4 Time Lapse 4:13
Bass Jaco Pastorius
Drums Bob Economou
Fender Rhodes Alex Darqui, Jaco Pastorius
Percussion Don Alias
Piano Alex Darqui
Steel Drums Othello Molineaux, Sir Cederik Lucious
Modern American Music Period!, releas, multicolored vinyl and via download, offers the unfettered 1974 Miami demo sessions for bassist Jaco Pastorius 1976 solo debut. These recordings, previously unissued in full, unedited form, have been in the possession of Jacos brother Gregory, as Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, a co-producer of the project, explains in the liner notes.
Jaco, at the time, was 22 and playing R&B with Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Riders, jazz with saxophonist/trumpeter Ira Sullivan and big-band music with Peter Graves. Within two years, he would make his first appearance on a Weather Report album and play on recordings by Pat Metheny and Joni Mitchell. Modern American Music suggests that nothing would stand in the way of his becoming, as he put it, the worlds greatest bass player.
For the demo, Jaco was joined by drummer Bob Economou, pianist Alex Darqui, steel drums players Othello Molineaux and Sir Cederik Lucious and percussionist Don Alias. Donna Lee, the jaw-dropping first track from the Epic debut album, is here in not dissimilar form, although its completely absent of Don Alias congas, which added urgency and interaction to the final version, and it closes with a long harmonics fade-out rather than that familiar segue to Come On, Come Over. Several other songsor concepts for songswould also reappear on the debut: The beautiful ballad Continuum is here twice, once as a stand-alone and once connected to Havona, which later landed, in a version with more sharp edges, on Weather Reports Heavy Weather. Theres also Kuru, punchy and hyperactive and without the strings heard on the debut, and Opus Pocus (Pans #2) (called simply Opus Pocus on the debut), a blast of Caribbean-tinted groove music largely given to the whirling sounds of Molineauxs pans. The stately, somber Forgotten Love here, unlike on the debut, is all Jaco.
The new-to-us tunes dont quite trump any of the material that made it onto the final 1976 album. Balloon Song (12-Tone), with its tricky, speeding piano-bass unison melody, hard-driving groove and loads of open space for the leaders soloing, comes in two versions, and has Jaco touching on the kind of harmonics derring-do that later came into play on Portrait of Tracy. Time Lapse is essentially an extended fusion jam, with Jaco madly slamming a riff in tandem with Alias churning congas, driven by Economous urgent drumming and topped with Darquis inside-and-outside Rhodes playing.
Is Modern American Music the holy grail of Jaco recordings? Maybe. The collection does provide revealing, once obscured views of a not-so-secret talent in bloom. It also makes another caseif we needed onefor the degree of influence Jaco exerted on Weather Report, as composer, colorist and rhythm-section driver. And, of course, as a barrier-breaking musical virtuoso.
Jaco Pastorius - Balloon Song
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Jaco Pastorius - Continuum - 1985 live
This is awesome guitarwork!
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Jaco Pastorius - Opus Pocus
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