Jaco Pastorius (with Herbie Hancock): Liberty City


Liberty City


Jaco Pastorius (electric bass)


Word Of Mouth (Warner Bros 3535)

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Jaco Pastorius (electric bass), 'Toots' Thielemans (harmonica), Herbie Hancock (piano, keyboards), Peter Erskine (drums),

Bobby Thomas, percussion, Othello Molineaux, steel drums, Leroy Williams, steel drums


Composed by Jaco Pastorius


Recorded: Florida, Los Angeles & New York, August 1980


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

I really enjoy “Liberty City” from Jaco Pastorius’ second record, Word of Mouth. It’s a big band arrangement where Jaco is playing all his stuff, but Herbie is soloing exuberantly all over it, on top of it, underneath it, hearing all this stuff behind him and really going for it. I remember buying this, putting it on, and listening to it over and over. It has Toots Thielemans, Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine...the feel is so good. Especially in that period, Jaco’s style was so fresh, combining virtuosity with total taste, and such a good rhythmic feel, defining a new sound for the electric bass—you hear Herbie react to and be inspired by it, as he so often was by other people, while at the same time being supportive. You could pick selections from Jaco’s first record, Jaco Pastorius, where Herbie played on "Speak Like A Child" among other compositions. It’s very telling that when Jaco asked Herbie Hancock to be part of his first record and subsequent ones, because he knew that Herbie would add his own unique thing to the music.

Reviewer: Uri Caine

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