Jaco Pastorius: (Used to be a) Cha-Cha


(Used to be a) Cha-Cha


Jaco Pastorius (electric bass)


Jaco Pastorius (Epic EK64977)

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Jaco Pastorius (electric bass), Herbie Hancock (piano), Hubert Laws (flute), Lenny White (drums), Don Alias (percussion).

Composed by Jaco Pastorius


Recorded: New York, October 1975


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

I think it might be safe to say that Jaco Pastorius turned jazz music on its collective head with the release of his debut solo album. Enlisting the help of jazz legends Herbie Hancock, Hubert Laws, Lenny White, and Don Alias, they take "(Used to be a) Cha-Cha" all the way to the bank and then some. The song starts off as Pastorius plays a blistering bass line over Lenny White's perfectly executed jazz-Latin beat. The entire band gels on this song and Hancock lays down nasty piano comps behind Jaco's solo. This solo pushes the boundaries and the possibilities of the electric bass and I can only imagine how many legions of fans and devotees have memorized it note for note.

Not to be outdone, Hubert Laws and Hancock both lay down their own solos which drive the song home before Laws restates the melody. This is a genius song and in my opinion the strongest cut from an album chalked full of monstrous music.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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