Jaco Pastorius - Truth, Liberty & Soul - Live in NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recording
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JACO PASTORIUS' TRUTH, LIBERTY & SOUL Â— LIVE IN NYC:
THE COMPLETE 1982 NPR JAZZ ALIVE! RECORDING
COMING FROM RESONANCE RECORDS
Previously unreleased live album by electric bass genius Jaco Pastorius
Word of Mouth Big Band featuring special guest, harmonica virtuoso
Recorded at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC on June 27, 1982
as part of George Wein's Kool Jazz Festival
First official release authorized by the Jaco Pastorius Estate,
Warner Music Group and NPR Music
of the Entire Concert from start to finish, including over 40 minutes
not aired on the original NPR Jazz Alive! broadcast
Includes a massive 100-Page book with NINETEEN written pieces!
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, producer Zev Feldman, Jaco Pastorius
Bill Milkowski, original recording engineer Paul Blakemore; plus
interviews with JacoÂ’s son
John Pastorius, musicians Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker and
Deluxe limited edition 3-LP boxed set available for Record Store Day on
April 22, 2017
& deluxe 2-CD set and digital editions available May 26, 2017.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. Â— Resonance Records proudly announces the
Truth, Liberty & Soul Â— Live in NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz
, a first-time release comprising more than 130 minutes of extraordinary,
high-fidelity, ground-breaking music presented from beginning to end
exactly as it happened at Avery Fisher Hall on June 27, 1982. This is the
second historical release from NPR's Jazz Alive! radio
program, following 2016's acclaimed Sarah Vaughan Live at Rosy's,
which captured "the Divine One" in New Orleans on May 31, 1978.
The brightest star in the electric bass firmament, Jaco Pastorius burst onto the national scene in 1976 with
his audacious self-titled album on Columbia Records, featuring a lineup of
top jazz musicians. With his extraordinary fretless electric bass playing
as the centerpiece, Jaco Pastorius created an immediate sensation
with the public and the media. Jaco was a revelation; no one in jazz had
ever played electric bass that way before.
In Jaco's work with Weather Report and beyond, the self-described "greatest
bass player in the world" (an assessment shared with virtually the entire
music world) established a new identity and role for his instrument and
became the torchbearer for a new way of playing both technically and
conceptually. But behind it all was an ever-present R&B and
Latin-influenced groove and a screaming rock-'n'-roll attitude that he
refined and incorporated into sophisticated jazz harmonic structures.
His legacy as a bass innovator continues to this day, nearly thirty years
after his death in 1987. In addition to his extraordinary virtuosity, Jaco
was also developing into an accomplished and sophisticated composer and
arranger and those talents that are gloriously on display on this album.
Resonance is able to release this album thanks to the work of Tim Owens, producer of Jazz Alive!, a weekly syndicated NPR program that
aired on public radio stations across the U.S. from 1977 to 1983. Jazz Alive!'s mission was to record the best live jazz being
performed around the country and present those recorded performances to the
public over the air.
In 2011, noted jazz producer and label executive Michael Cuscuna introduced Resonance's Zev Feldman to
Owens. When they met, Feldman saw a piece of paper with a list of tapes on
it and at just quick a glance the words "Jaco Pastorius" leapt right off
Feldman loves Pastorius's music; he regards Jaco as a hero. From the moment
he noticed there was a recording of the Jaco Pastorius Kool Jazz Festival
concert out there, he was determined that Resonance would release it. Now,
more than six years later, after negotiations with all the many parties who
held rights to the music and the recording Â– including NPR, Warner Music
Group and the Jaco Pastorius estate Â– FeldmanÂ’s dream is finally coming to
fruition. And we at Resonance could not be more thrilled.
We were blessed to have the original recording engineer, multi Grammy award
winner Paul Blakemore, on board to revisit and remix from
the original 24-track tape reels Â— more than three decades after capturing
it live at Avery Fisher Hall. And in addition to the exceptional sound
quality, weÂ’re elated to say the set includes more than 40 minutes of music
that was not broadcast on Jazz Alive! at the time, therefore has
never been available to the public, even in bootleg form. This is the
complete concert, start-to-finish.
Toward the end of 1980, Jaco began recording his second album as a leader, Word of Mouth, which was more oriented toward his own compositions
than his debut album had been. The Word of Mouth album features
several musicians who also appear on this album: Peter Erskine, Toots
Thielemans, Don Alias, Othello Molineaux, Howard Johnson and John Clark, as
well as showcasing two Pastorius compositions,"Three Views of a Secret" and "Liberty City."
By 1982 Jaco and Peter Erskine had left Weather Report, and the concert
captured on this release represents Jaco with the New York version of his
new Word of Mouth big band. The occasion was special for him because Word
of Mouth often performed as a sextet with just the core members: Jaco,
Peter Erskine on drums, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Bob Mintzer on tenor sax,
Othello Molineaux on steel pans and Don Alias on percussion.
On this occasion, Jaco and the core members were joined by a bevy of
top-flight New York musicians who were also Jaco's close friends:
saxophonists Bob Stein, Lou Marini, Frank Wess, Howard Johnson and Randy
Emerick; trumpet players Alan Rubin, Lew Soloff, Jon Faddis, Ron Tooley and
Kenny Faulk; trombonists David Taylor, Jim Pugh and Wayne Andre; French
hornists John Clark and Peter Gordon; tubist David Bargeron; plus the
special guest soloist, harmonica icon Toots Thielemans.
Peter Erskine, Jaco's rhythm partner for the most productive years of
Jaco's career, expressed his view of the crucial importance of this
release: "I think that this recording more than any other I've heard
epitomizes the vision Jaco had for the Word of Mouth band. And that's
what's great about it. I would dare say that thereÂ’s no finer version of
what JacoÂ’s musical vision was than this particular concert and recording."
The great bassist Victor Wooten assessed Resonance's release of this album
this way: "This is a rare find; like finding a never-before-seen Picasso or
Van Gogh painting."
Resonance Records Â— a multi-Grammy Award winning label (most recently for
John Coltrane's Offering: Live at Temple University for "Best
Album Notes") Â— prides itself in creating beautifully designed, informative
packaging to accompany previously unreleased recordings by the jazz icons
who grace ResonanceÂ’s catalog. Such is the case with
Truth, Liberty & Soul Â— Live In NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz
Available as a limited-edition, 3-LP, 180-gram vinyl boxed
set exclusively for Record Store Day (April 22, 2017),
followed by the deluxe 2-CD and digital sets on May 26, 2017, this release
includes more than 130 minutes of music. The CD edition includes a 100-pg
book with photos by Tom Copi, Don Hunstein, Rene Perez and Donna Ranieri,
and is presented in a 6-panel digi-pak beautifully designed by Burton
Yount. The limited edition 3-LP boxed set contains all the same graphic
materials and writings contained in a multi-page 12"x12" insert.
1. Invitation (13:04)
2. Soul Intro/The Chicken (9:10)
3. Donna Lee (13:18)
4. Three Views to a Secret (6:38)
5. Liberty City (10:10)
6. Sophisticated Lady (7:43)
7. Bluesette (5:31)
1. I Shot the Sheriff (6:55)
2. OkonkolĂ© y Trompa (15:07)
3. Reza/Giant Steps (Medley) (10:19)
4. Mr. Fonebone (10:37)
5. Bass and Drum Improvisation (14:05)
6. Twins (2:53)
7. Fannie Mae (5:55)
WORD OF MOUTH BIG BAND
Jaco Pastorius - bass, vocals
Bob Mintzer - tenor and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet
Randy Brecker - trumpet
Othello Molineaux - steel drums
Don Alias - percussion
Peter Erskine - drums
Bob Stein - alto saxophone
Lou Marini - tenor saxophone
Frank Wess - tenor saxophone
Howard Johnson - baritone saxophone
Randy Emerick - baritone saxophone
(harmonica on "Three Views of a Secret," "Liberty City,"
"Sophisticated Lady,""Bluesette," "I Shot the Sheriff," "Mr.
Fonebone" and "Fannie Mae")