JACO PASTORIUS Truth, Lib­erty & Soul ★★★★ Res­o­nance Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - CORMAC LARKIN

In 1982, the great­est elec­tric bassist in the his­tory of the in­stru­ment (few would dis­pute that claim) had just left, or been ejected from, fu­sion su­per­group Weather Re­port, and was de­ter­mined to prove him­self as a leader in his own right. The Word of Mouth Big Band, which in­cluded heavy­weights such as trum­peter Randy Brecker, drum­mer Peter Ersk­ine and per­cus­sion­ist Don Alias, be­came the ve­hi­cle not only for Pastorius’s vir­tu­oso play­ing, but also his in­creas­ingly as­sured writ­ing and ar­rang­ing for large en­sem­ble. The great bassist left pre­cious lit­tle recorded mu­sic be­hind, par­tic­u­larly un­der his own name, so this live record­ing, made in New York’s Avery Fisher Hall in June 1982, pre­sent­ing an en­tire Word of Mouth con­cert in pris­tine clar­ity, is an im­por­tant doc­u­ment of one of the 20th cen­tury’s great­est in­stru­men­tal tal­ents. res­o­nancere­cords.org

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