Jaco Pastorius: Opus Pocus


Opus Pocus


Jaco Pastorius (electric bass)


Jaco Pastorius (Epic EK64977)

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Jaco Pastorius (electric bass), Wayne Shorter (soprano sax), Herbie Hancock (electric piano), Lenny White (drums), Don Alias (percussion), Leroy Williams (steel drum), Othello Molineaux (steel drum).

Composed by Jaco Pastorius


Recorded: New York, October 1975


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Jaco Pastorius composed a hypnotic groove for this song, complete with steel drums, an instrument which he also played some. Othello Molineaux, who performed with Pastorius on numerous occasions, starts this song off with some help from Leroy Williams who also plays steel drum. Wayne Shorter enters next with a soprano sax line that sounds just as funky and deranged as the bass line. But the best part of the song ensues as Pastorius busts into a head nodding bass line and Shorter follows suit with one of my favorite solos he's ever recorded. He effortlessly cascades up and down the register of the instrument with perfect intonation and control.

The song ends with a nice little section where the steel drums play a syncopated figure underneath Shorter's improvisations, which are further enhanced by Jaco's bass thumps and harmonic shape movements up and down the neck of the bass. This is one of the funkiest songs my ears have ever heard and I would beg anyone to disagree with me.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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