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Jaco Pastorius: The Birthday Concert

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Jaco Pastorius (bass); Bob Mintzer (soprano & tenor saxophones, bass clarinet); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Randy Emerick (baritone saxophone); Dan Bonsanti, Neal Bonsanti, Gary Lindsay (saxophone, woodwinds); Brian O'Flaherty, Ken Faulk, Brett Murphey, Melton Mustafa (trumpet); Russ Freeland, Mike Katz (trombone); Dave Bargeron (trombone, tuba); Randy Emerick (bass trombone); Peter Gordon, Jerry Peel, Steve Roitstein (French horn); Peter Erskine (drums); Don Alias, Othello Molineaux, Paul Hornmuller (steel drums); Bobby Thomas, Jr. (congas); Oscar Salas (percussion).

Recorded live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1981. Includes liner notes by Peter Erskine.

On an irregular basis in the early '80s, the innovative electric bassist Jaco Pastorius led a big band that he called Word of Mouth. This excellent LP documents Pastorius' 30th birthday party, a concert at which he was joined by the Peter Graves Orchestra (consisting of 14 horns, two steel drums, and two percussionists) plus drummer Peter Erskine, Don Alias on conga, and both Michael Brecker and Bob Mintzer on tenors. Brecker co-stars with Pastorius on a strong program that is highlighted by "The Chicken," a burning rendition of "Invitation," and "Liberty City." The music is full of spirit and joy, featuring Pastorius at the peak of his powers just before his tragic decline. ~ Scott Yanow


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