Truth, Liberty & Soul (2017)

Brown, Pastorius, Erskine, Mintzer, Ellington, Parker, Kaper

Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul is an album with more than 130 minutes of extraordinary high-fidelity ground-breaking music, on a live album with electric bass genius Jaco Pastorius and the Word of Mouth Big Band.

The band included Jaco Pastorius (Bass & Vocals), Bob Mintzer (Tenor and Soprano Saxophones and Bass Clarinet), Randy Brecker (Trumpet), Othello Molineaux (Steel Drums), Don Alias (Percussion), Peter Erskine (Drums), Blue Lou Marini (Tenor Sax), Jon Faddis (Trumpet), Jim Pugh (Trombone), David Bargeron (Tuba) and harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans as special guest.

It was recorded in 24 track Analog by the Record Plant mobile truck at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC on June 27, 1982 as part of George Wein's Kool Jazz Festival. The album is presented from beginning to end exactly as it happened.  This is an Analog Tape to DSD 256 transfer by René Laflamme at 2xHD Mastering using the Merging Technologies Horus Analog to DSD 256 converter.

Thom Jurek from AllMusic says "Truth, Liberty & Soul is for the Pastorius fanatics, but it's much more. This fantastically recorded document is a treasure trove of modern progressive jazz. The brilliant music found on it serves to underscore that Jaco was more than a brilliant, singular bassist (though that would have been enough); he was a great composer, arranger, and charismatic bandleader -- a true jazz renaissance man."

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Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius, the man who revolutionized how the bass guitar is played and who is, for many, the best and most influential bass guitarist ever, didn’t start his musical life on the instrument. Instead, the man who would be the master of the fretless electric bass was a drummer.

Jaco was the first of three children born to Jack and his wife, Stephanie. He arrived on Dec. 1, 1951 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. John Francis Anthony Pastorius III was quickly given a nickname by his parents — “Jocko,” which transformed into “Jaco” in the early 1970s when a French-born musician friend and neighbor, Alex Darqui, spelled it that way by mistake. Jaco liked the alternate spelling, and kept it.

When Jaco was almost eight years old, his family moved to Oakland Park, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale. Jaco was a sweet, competitive kid, who loved to play games, including football. As the son of a musician, he was interested in music, too, and bought a small drum kit with money earned as a newspaper delivery boy. His two interests collided in 1964 during a youth league football practice in which Jaco’s wrist was badly injured, so much so that it eventually required corrective surgery. Jaco continued to play drums after that, but it was far more difficult that it had been prior to that hit in practice.

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Truth, Liberty & Soul (2017)

Brown, Pastorius, Erskine, Mintzer, Ellington, Parker, Kaper

Jaco Pastorius

    My Reel Club

Absolutely fantastic music and recording.

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Resonance Records goes out of its way again to unearth yet another significant chapter in jazz history, and once again, it's one that relatively few fans have ever heard. This performance of Jaco Pastorius' Word of Mouth Big Band was captured during George Wein's Kool Jazz Festival at Avery Fisher Hall. It was broadcast on NPR's Jazz Alive program, but this double album contains the entire performance, with more than 40 minutes of additional music. As his time with Weather Report wound down, Pastorius threw himself into Word of Mouth. A studio album was issued a year earlier, and versions of this outfit had played in Florida, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Pastorius assembled a who's who for this date. The core band featured Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Don Alias, and Othello Molineux (on steel drums). That said, the 16-piece horn section included Frank Wess, Lou Marini, Lew Soloff, Jon Faddis, John Clark, and David Bargeron (on tuba), to name a few. What's more, the grandest harmonicat of all, Toots Thielemans, was a featured soloist. Jaco's charts are exquisite, full of energy, sophistication, and humor. Check the tuba intro and burning break in the 13-minute workout on Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee," amid the fiery interplay of the steel drums, Mintzer's electric bass clarinet, and the drums and bass. This space-age bebop is contrasted beautifully as Thielemans joins in for Pastorius' elegant "Three Views of a Secret," the hard-swinging Latin and Caribbean rhythms in "Liberty City" (with gorgeous contrapuntal improvising by the whole band), and a sparsely adorned, romantic read of Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady." closing with a bumping Caribbean take on the harmonicist's standard "Bluesette." The second album opens with an absolutely cooking read of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff," before a series of lengthy tunes bookended by heavy percussion workouts. "Okonkolé y Tompa" spends ten of its 15 minutes as an Alias solo before Jaco's bass and Clark's French horn join him, adding intimacy and tenderness. The glorious medley of "Reza/Giant Steps" -- a true set highlight -- displays Pastorius' canny arrangements, even as his lead guitar-like playing gets to shine. "Mr. Fonebone" brings back Toots with a joyous carnival-esque intro that leads into knotty post-bop. The extreme length of the "Bass and Drum Improvisation" will make hardcore fans of Erskine and Pastorius salivate, but for most, once or twice through will suffice. The finale is a Jaco evergreen: "Fannie Mae" is a hard-swinging blues shuffle that features his vocals and bass playing in call and response with Thielemans and Mintzer as the band wails. Sure, Truth, Liberty & Soul is for the Pastorius fanatics, but it's much more: this fantastically recorded document is a treasure trove of modern progressive jazz. The brilliant music found on it serves to underscore that Jaco was more than a brilliant, singular bassist (though that would have been enough); he was a great composer, arranger, and charismatic bandleader -- a true jazz renaissance man.

Thom Jurek[read full review]

Truth, Liberty & Soul (2017)

Brown, Pastorius, Erskine, Mintzer, Ellington, Parker, Kaper

Jaco Pastorius

Analog Recording Equipment: Ampex MM-1200 recorders (2)
Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Rene Laflamme, 2xHD Mastering - Analog to DSD 256 Transfer
Mastering Room: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Producer: Tim Owens for National Public Radio Jazz Alive
Recording Engineer: Paul Blakemore
Recording Location: Avery Fisher Hall, New York on June 27, 1982
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog

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Tracks.
1.
Invitation
Kaper
00:13:04   N/A
2.
Soul Intro - The Chicken
Pastorius
00:09:10   N/A
3.
Donna Lee
Parker
00:13:18   N/A
4.
Three Views of a Secret
Pastorius
00:06:38   N/A
5.
Liberty City
Pastorius
00:10:10   N/A
6.
Sophisticated Lady
Ellington
00:07:43   N/A
7.
Bluesette
00:05:31   N/A
8.
I Shot the Sheriff
00:06:55   N/A
9.
Okonkole' y trompa
Pastorius
00:15:07   N/A
10.
Reza - Giant Steps
Pastorius
00:10:19   N/A
11.
Mr. Fonebone
Mintzer
00:10:37   N/A
12.
Bass and Drum Improvisation
Erskine
00:14:05   N/A
13.
Twins
Pastorius
00:02:53   N/A
14.
Fannie Mae
Brown
00:05:55   N/A

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