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3.31 | 4 ratings | 1 review
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Live album · 1995

Filed under Fusion
By JACO PASTORIUS

Tracklist

1.Soul Intro / The Chicken(8:00)
2.Continuum(2:34)
3.Invitation(17:43)
4.Three Views of a Secret(5:56)
5.Liberty City(8:11)
6.Punk Jazz(4:35)
7.Happy Birthday(1:48)
8.Reza(10:36)
9.Domingo(5:39)
10.Band Intros(2:37)
11.Amerika(1:43)

Line-up/Musicians

- Jaco Pastorius / Bass
- Don Alias / Congas
- Peter Erskine / Drums
- Bob Mintzer / Saxophone [Tenor, Soprano], Clarinet [Bass]
- Peter Gordon,Jerry Peel,Steve Roitstein / French Horn
- Oscar Salas / Percussion
- Randy Emerick / Saxophone [Baritone]
- Dan Bonsanti, Gary Lindsay, Neal Bonsanti / Saxophone, Woodwind
- Othello Molineaux, Paul Hornmüller / Steel Drums
- Mike Katz, Russ Freeland / Trombone
- Peter Graves / Trombone [Bass]
- Dave Bargeron / Trombone, Tuba
- Brett Murphey, Brian O'Flaherty, Ken Faulk, Melton Mustafa / Trumpet

About this release

Warner Bros. Records ‎– 9 45290-2 (US)

Recorded December 1, 1981, Mr. Pip's, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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SaltyJon
This was my second Jaco album. As a bassist, I felt compelled to check out his self-titled album, and of course I fell in love with it (and still love it dearly to this day). This one is another fun slice of music, though not everything on this live disc is up to the same standards. Things get off to an excellently groovy start, with Soul Intro/The Chicken. Jaco was such a groovy bassist, and this song shows off just how well he could sit in the pocket and have fun with it. So right out of the gates it really drew me in. The version of Continuum here isn't all that great though. Invitation has some good parts and some bad, but overall I think it's a bit stretched out. The album has more ups and downs, and some of it seems to come across as nothing much more than typical big band jazzy stuff. Not a bad thing, but not exactly what I was expecting from Jaco. Liberty City, Reza and Domingo are some other favorites of mine from this album.

For fans of Jaco, this one's a pretty safe bet. For anyone else, I'd say it's good if you like this style of music, so I'll give it a healthy 3 stars. The good songs are great, but some of the material just isn't quite up to par with the rest.

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