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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cream of jazzrock
This release may have its detractors due to the very short playingtime, not much more than 35 mins of effective music. But what we get is absolutely fabulous, with all three supermusicians in topform. The liner notes hints at Jaco Pastorius beginning to have some psychological problems, but sure isn't audible in his playing.

One could have feared an unmusical...
Published on 3 July 2007 by Bodhi Heeren

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3.0 out of 5 stars Scraps and nuggets
Scraps and nuggets from a doomed feast. The paucity of salvageable material (no less than four versions of one track for example) backs up the now legendary accounts of the 'difficulties' John Mclaughlin and Tony Williams had with Jaco Pastorius... but inspite of it all the music veritably roars at times; each member an absolute master of his instrument. Aaaah what might...
Published on 28 Aug. 2007 by Nomad


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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cream of jazzrock, 3 July 2007
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Bodhi Heeren (Copenhagen) - See all my reviews
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This release may have its detractors due to the very short playingtime, not much more than 35 mins of effective music. But what we get is absolutely fabulous, with all three supermusicians in topform. The liner notes hints at Jaco Pastorius beginning to have some psychological problems, but sure isn't audible in his playing.

One could have feared an unmusical clash of ego's, but in fact the respect between this three giants seems so great that it's a lot more like a super-fusion version of Cream, with all three instruments and all three musicians having equal weight in the furious jamming.

We get their entire set from Havana, for the first time ever, starting after a fine drumintro with what's actually the highlight of the whole release, a monstrous version of "The Dark Prince" with a very inspired McLaughlin-solo. Followed by a beautiful "Continuum" with John adding some fine chordal colours under Pastorius' beautiful soloing. The precedings ending on a bit of a bum note though, with a rather disjointed jam, only to be recognized as "Are You The One?", when McLaughlin plays the theme at the very end. A version far from the grandeur of the original on "Electric Guitarist" with Tony, John and Jack Bruce.

So far it's been a very good year for Jaco Pastorius fans, with this gem and with the wonderful DVD with Weater Report "Live At Montreux".

The whole project has been supervised and produced by John McLaughlin and as one would suspect the sound his absolutely top-class.

Another fine Legacy-release.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important archive release from this short lived supergroup, 27 July 2007
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Full marks to Columbia for releasing this important archive recording of this very short lived jazz-rock supergroup. A combination of live and studio material make up this collection, athough at just under 40 minutes of playing time, this shows how brief this band actually existed!

The dream team of guitarist John McLaughlin, bassist Jaco Pastorius and drummer Tony Williams didn't disappoint. Though Jaco's playing and temperament at the time is shrouded in legend, on the evidence here he was on top form. The band really gel and the soloing and group interplay is among the best that jazz-rock had to offer at the time. The first half of this release is live material culled from their only, brief performance at the 1979 Havana Jazz Festival. The highlights are the fiery McLaughlin piece "Dark Prince" and the beautiful "Continuum", penned by Pastorius. The studio takes are obviously more polished, finishing with a storming "Para Oriente" which is worth the price of the disc alone!

The sound quality on these recordings are surprisingly good, wonderfully put together with the remastering overseen by McLaughlin himself. That it has taken this long, almost 30 years, for these recordings to get a legitimate release is almost criminal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT JAZZ FUSION SUMMIT: FORGET THE CONTROVERSY, IT'S WONDERFUL!, 16 Feb. 2014
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RBSProds "rbsprods" (Deep in the heart of Texas) - See all my reviews
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Four and a half ENJOYABLE Stars! John (Mahavishnu) McLaughlin, Jaco (Weather Report) Pastorius, and Tony (Miles Davis & Lifetime) Williams formed a brief incendiary, but hugely imposing trio that played some very enjoyable fusion music found on this CD. One should enjoy the music and avoid the background controversy: you will hear no evidence of whatever it was here. One song, "Dark Prince", was originally heard on the first all-star "Havana Jam" LP, and "Continuum" and "Para Oriente" were on the second Havana Jam LP. So they have done us a favor by putting all three songs on one CD plus adding in an inventive Tony Williams drum excursion and a new song (McLaughlin's "Are You the One? Are You the One?") from the live set, and then there are tracks from the studio session (with some false starts) of the original three songs that was to flesh-out what they originally intended to perform in Cuba.

The entire CD is one big 'Piece de Resistance", the best of the best, with the group laying down some fiery, urgent collective and individual improvisation, but also some beautiful peaceful music. The repetition of 3 of the songs is fine with me since they are improvised and different. "Dark Prince" has all members on the front line and firing on all cylinders, Williams in particular with some muscular drumming as his bandmates blaze away. "Continuum" has beautiful chord changes with a touching, restrained Pastorius solo. "Para Oriente" is a funky exposition of group dynamics and solos with Pastorius and McLaughlin getting off some wonderful solos. "Are You the One?" is a multiphase fusion delight thanks to Pastorius' bass booting things along nicely. The audience obviously enjoyed the live set very much. The studio versions are very nice extentions of the live sessions with "Dark Prince" having some great solos that end much too soon. "Para Oriente" has two unnecessary false starts that add no real value to the CD before they get down to business of the complete satisfying performance. Had they stayed together or recorded more as a unit, Trio of Doom could have cast a very long musical shadow: three musicians making this much wonderful music is very impressive. Wonderfully recorded with a total running time of about 40 minutes, this CD documents a brief meeting of three jazz giants that is "Highly Recommended" from both the historical and the musical perspectives. I couldn't buy this CD fast enough. Four and a half IMPOSING Stars!!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scraps and nuggets, 28 Aug. 2007
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Scraps and nuggets from a doomed feast. The paucity of salvageable material (no less than four versions of one track for example) backs up the now legendary accounts of the 'difficulties' John Mclaughlin and Tony Williams had with Jaco Pastorius... but inspite of it all the music veritably roars at times; each member an absolute master of his instrument. Aaaah what might have been. UPDATE 2013: Jaco fans might want to check out the amazing DVD 'Trilogue' which finds the great man in a superb and quite unusual format trio back in 1976....I say no more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: This album isn't perfect!, 9 Jan. 2012
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This album is'nt perfect, but so what? It's still pretty damn good.

The live stuff is full of biting, raw energy. Souped-up (according to John Mclaughlin's account) by both his & William's anger at Jaco's adventurism during "Dark Prince". The increased nervous tension & resultant frenentic motion only add to the ominous feeling of doom.

It's patchy & messy in parts, but even the messy bits sound great. It's just such a treat to hear the late great Jaco Pastorius playing alongside John Mclaughlin. Plus, the wonderful, powerful moments on this recording far outshine the imperfections, making it so much more than just an "important document".
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