Jaco Pastorius: Soul Intro/The Chicken


Soul Intro/The Chicken


Jaco Pastorius (electric bass)


Invitation/The Birthday Concert (Warner Brothers 45290-2)

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Jaco Pastorius (electric bass), Michael Brecker (tenor sax), Othello Molineaux (steel drum), Peter Erskine (drums), Don Alias (percussion), Bob Mintzer (tenor sax, soprano sax),

Brian O’Flaherty, Ken Faulk, Brett Murphy, Melton Mustafa (trumpet) Russ Freeland, Mike Katz (trombone) Dave Bargeron (tuba) Peter Gordon (french horn), Peter Graves (bass trombone) Dan Bonsanti, Gary Lindsay, Neal Bonsanti (saxes, woodwinds) Randy Emerick (baritone sax)


Composed by Pee Wee Ellis


Recorded: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, December 1st, 1981


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

If Jaco Pastorius is ever remembered for one composition, it's probably going to be "The Chicken." This song was originally written by James Brown sideman Pee Wee Ellis, but Jaco officially made it his anthem. This is one of those songs a kid learns as an aspiring musician, not only because it's fun to play but because it is a perfect facilitator for learning funk music.

This tune opens up with the soul introduction, which borrows heavily from the Saturday Night Live sound. Pastorius hired a stellar ensemble for this show, which was recorded live at Mr. Pips in Ft. Lauderdale. Jaco thumps away on this song, playing some of the most influential funk bass lines in the history of bass lines. I know so many people that have learned this bass line note for note that I can't even begin to make a list (I'm also one of those people). It's sad that this live recording came on the heel of Jaco's mental deterioration but it proves that Pastorius was one of the best that ever did it. This is a perfect song, hence the perfect score.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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