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The Birthday Concert [Live]

18 Oct. 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 26 May 2003
  • Release Date: 18 Oct. 2005
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
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  • Total Length: 1:09:24
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  • ASIN: B001F1FJP4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,701 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD is taken from 2 performances of Jaco's secret 30th birthday gigs. This was during his 'Word of Mouth Orchestra' phase and it is the best recording of the band. The sound is excellent and the performances are unbelieveable -The band included Michael Brecker and Bob Mintzer on sax, Don Alias on congas, Peter Erskine on drums and Othello Molineaux on steel drums among others that were all old friends of Mr Pastorius. The first track is "Soul Intro/The Chicken" and it sets the album off to a funky start. 8 minutes of Rhythm & Blues! An amazing rendition of the classic "Continuum" follows, after that is 17 minutes of "Invitation" which is then followed by Jaco classic "Three views of a secret". "Liberty City" (a personal favorite of mine!) is next and it is definately a highlight. As is "Punk Jazz" (from Weather Report) which sounds a lot better with the brass taking place of the synths of Joe Zawinul. "Reza" is next. 10 minutes of buildup until the final, fabulous finale - Wait until you hear the whole band playing that fab riff, Mmmmmmmm! Another top moment is "Domingo", it was one of Jaco's first big band arrangements and it is fast, furious and excellent. After the band intros, the album ends with a bass solo of "Amerika". I own everything that Jaco recorded and this is number 2 on the list, only beaten by that debut album, so buy it and listen in wonder to a genius on top form! A. Wickham
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By London Jazz Fan on 19 Aug. 2013
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Superb playing and the joyous arrangements make this a very enjoyable listening experience.

The one disappointment is that the version of "Three Views Of A Secret" is NOT a live version but directly lifted from the Word Of Mouth album - shame on whoever is responsible for this.

Other than this, everything is superb.
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No better bass player,Jaco revolutionised the instrument.This is a pretty good example of his larger band work,self recommending.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great Jaco fun 3 July 1999
By Pedro G. Valdes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a terrific, fun album. It's the way I wish I could have seen Jaco. A small club with a great band, featuring a terrific horn section and a drummer that is totally in sinc with Jaco's playing. This album was recorded live at Mr. Pips in Ft Lauderdale, which was a familiar place to all of us who grew up in Ft Lauderdale. Peter Yianolos did a superb job of capturing the sound of the band. Cut's on this album like The Chicken and Liberty City reflect Jaco's R&B roots more than the more jazz oriented material he came to be known for with Weather Report, although there is some of that type of material included as well. This album is a terrific way to introduce the young bassist to Jaco as well as a good way to for the seasoned Jaco fan to remember where Jaco came from musically.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
You Learn To Love It... 22 Mar. 2004
By Nimrod - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
On first listening, I had some hard time swallowing this album. I was already familiar with the blasting, amzingly energetic opening track, 'Soul Intro-The Chicken', in fact it was my 'wake-up- song for quite a long time (Truly fills you up with energy, you should try it...), So I wasn't surprised by it. The hardest to eat was "Invitation". The theme tune is cool, but it gets very abstaract as it goes on, and it was hard for me to dig. The rest was good.
However, on a second and third listening, you start hearing things you didn't hear at first. Jaco's cool bass lines, cool horn phrases, nice and inspiring improvisions. Now, it is one of my favorite CDs, and I recommend it to every Jaco fan and every Jazz Musician.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The worlds greatest bass player 9 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favorite CDs. I never tire of it. Ive loaned it to many friends who love jazz but have never heard of Jaco, without exception they are always amazed by the unique sound. This CD is worth every penny.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Birthday Concert: An Evening With Jaco 15 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"The Birthday Concert" is a disc that holds a great deal of appeal for both bassists and jazz-lovers in general. Jaco is, by most accounts, on top of his game on this recording. For bass enthusiasts, it is instructive to listen to this excellently produced recording of Jaco's live playing, as opposed to a more refined studio recording. In particular, listen to the interplay between Jaco and the soloists on several numbers, especially "The Chicken." There are elements here that can only be gleaned from a live recording such as this. Any aspiring bassist should listen carefully to these spontaneous musical connections. One of the strongest aspects of this recording is the first class horn section. It includes some of the finest jazz musicians around, e.g. Michael Brecker, Robert Mintzer, David Bargeron, Peter Graves, and others. The flawless execution of the horn lines by this group is truly exciting to hear. Drummer Peter Erksine has a perfect lock with Jaco the entire time, which automatically takes one back to their glory days in Weather Report. The album includes a wide range of styles, from the funky soul of "The Chicken" to the more experimental "Reza." That last title in particular is worth noting simply because of the percussion skills of Don Alias, and the talented Othello Molineaux on pans. But regardless of the style, the energy level is extremely high throughout the entire disc. An added bonus is the charming arrangement of "Happy Birthday" for the brass. We haven't heard anything like this since Stan Kenton's innovative big band arrangements of the 50's and 60's. Overall, this album provides a sampler of Jaco's favorite tunes, with his chops in good shape, and backed up by a killer horn section. It is refreshing and different from most of Jaco's recordings, including "Word of Mouth," because of the energy exuded by all of the players. Any serious jazz cat should check this recording out.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Overall, a well-produced, highly recommended live album 29 May 1998
By ckramsey@po.cisnet.or.jp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jaco's live album "Invitation", recorded live in Japan (originally a double album, I believe, with a different title in the US), is an excellent large-venue recording. "The Birthday Concert", however, is special because it was obviously recorded in a much smaller hall, resulting in a much more intimate listening experience.
Co-produced by drummer Peter Erskine, the CD consits of music culled from 2 live performances by the Word of Mouth big band at a party thrown by Jaco for his own 30th birthday. While the opus rendition of "Invitation" and the experimental "Reza" are more than a bit difficult to listen to in entirity (MUCH better versions of both songs can be found on the live CD "Invitiation"), the remaining selections, including the uplifting "Liberty City", the funky "Soul Intro: The Chicken", and the college pep-bandish "Domingo", make this CD well worth a spot in anyone's collection.
Although it was a nice idea to leave Jaco's brief comments between songs in the final production, Mr. Erskine should not have included Jaco's lengthy introduction of the band members; this information is best left to the liner notes in the CD jacket. Another minus is the inclusion of "Happy Birthday", arranged and played by the band as a surprise for Jaco; this tune loses its charm after the second or third listen.
Listen carefully to hear Jaco vocalizing and giving directions to the band throughout the recording. Guests: Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Don Alias, Peter Erskine, others.
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