Jaco Pastorius: Crisis




Jaco Pastorius (electric bass)


Word of Mouth (Warner Brothers 3535-2)

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Jaco Pastorius (electric bass), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Michael Brecker (tenor sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Hubert Laws (flute), Jack DeJohnette (drums), Peter Erskine (drums), Don Alias (percussion),

Bobby Thomas Jr. (percussion)


Composed by Jaco Pastorius


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


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

On this opening cut from his 1980 album Word of Mouth, Pastorius and company explode with a gigantic burst of musical energy. This is one of the fastest, most consistent bass lines I've ever heard in my life. When Jaco starts, he doesn't stop at all. I don't know how a human being conjures up the dexterity to play what Jaco played but it's almost like his hands have found a way to circular breathe. Herbie Hancock adds some really good harmonic textures, striking the piano with both rage and power. The tenor playing of Brecker and Shorter unfourtunately drown out the flute of Hubert Laws but the flute is probably the least interesting part of this song anyways.

I always say this, but I really wish this particular line-up would have recorded more. The group is so expressive and has no problem playing any style of jazz, whether fusion, straight ahead, or free. Another great song from one of the greatest human beings to have ever touched the electric bass guitar. Salud! Salud!

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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