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Album Review: Jaco Pastorius (Self Titled 1976)

Artist: Jaco Pastorius
Album: Jaco Pastorius
Year: 1976

Jaco Pastorius’ debut solo album is nothing short of a master piece. Each song on the album has a unique feel and with a wide range of influences & themes make it a great ‘Jazz Fusion’ album.
Jaco demonstrates that he is one of the most impressive bass players of all time. His grooves are often fast, funk driven and complex. He creates harmonies with his bass in ‘Portrait Of Tracy’ which will make you wonder if there is a keyboard in the track, but there isn’t!!!
I find many of the tracks on this album mind blowing, the collaborations and compositions are great. ‘Kuru/Speak Like A Child’ which is composed by Jaco and Herbi Hancock has it all. It begins with a fast and encapsulating bass groove, then when Herbie’s piano kicks in it is able to match the sophisticated, funky bass line and compliment the two through out the track. The string sections also match the groove nicely, suddenly dropping in beautiful harmonies to mellow us out for a while and then naturally bouncing us into the groove that pretty much sets the tone for this awesome track. This is just an example of one of the many tracks on this album which I am sure, if it hasn’t already, will stun almost all Jazz and Fusion music lovers, so if you haven’t heard it already you should check it out.

Here’s a video of Jaco playing one of his bass tracks from the album, listen out for the harmonies he creates with his bass guitar.

Enjoy, Charlie.

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