Joni Mitchell: Free Man In Paris


Free Man In Paris


Joni Mitchell (guitar, vocals)


Shadows and LIght (Asylum)

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Joni Mitchell (guitar, vocals), Jaco Pastorius (electric bass), Pat Metheny (guitar), Lyle Mays (piano, keyboards), Michael Brecker (tenor sax), Don Alias (drums).

Composed by Joni Mitchell


Recorded: Santa Barbara, CA, September 1979


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

I remember the first time that my friend turned me on to Joni Mitchell and the further I explored I realized that she had a knack for picking excellent band members. This live release encapsulates that ability. Recorded during her 1979 tour for the Mingus album, Jaco Pastorius was once again mixing it up with Mitchell driving her songs with his signature bass thumps. Jaco's bass line on this song gives the tune a new lease on life. Written about a trip she took with David Geffen to Paris in the early 1970s, this song originally appeared on the songstress's 1974 album Court and Spark , but this version receives the royal funk-jazz treatment and is nothing short of phenomenal.

Although he's not featured as prominently in the solo capacity on this tune, Pastorius shows us why he was one of the greatest musicians to ever touch the electric bass. His pocket is absolutely solid on this song. It's a shame that he didn't live longer but the world will forever live through the wonderful music he gave us. Score one for team Pastorius!

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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