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A unique and fabulous talent
on 5 October 2005
This album demonstrates the awesome musical talent that was Jaco Pastorius. Who knows what heights he would have climbed to had he lived and what unexplored musical territories he would have boldly venured into.
The tracks on show clearly highlight his technical ability and prowess on his instrument. Each tune provides the listener with a challenging and rewarding listening experience.
As an entity the album doesn't hang together very well tho' - there are too many different ideas being explored. It seems like he had so many ideas in his head and in his youthful enthusiasm he tried to express them all in one album. In that sense it reminds me a bit of Courtney Pyne's debut album - each track a gem but overall the album lacks a common thread. Because of this uneveness it is difficult for the listener to settle into a groove or mood. Some tracks are funk based, some are very reminiscent of Weather Report, some sound like the furrow the Crusaders were ploughing in the late seventies and other tracks have strings added. It is probably the tracks with the strings that work least well. Jazz and strings is a hard trick to pull off - Charlie Parker and Clifford Brown tried it with only variable success.
Having said all of the above I still thoroughly recommend this as a worthwhile purchase and valuable addition to any jazz fan's collection.