Premiere: Jaco Pastorius “Bluesette” from Forthcoming Archival Live Album

March 23, 2017

Live photo by Tom Copi

On June 27, 1982, electric bass innovator Jaco Pastorius, who had recently parted ways with Weather Report, performed at New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall with his Word of Mouth Big Band and special guest soloist Toots Thielemans on harmonica. Resonance Records will now release this 130 minute performance as Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul — Live in NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recording. A limited edition 3-LP boxed set will be available on Record Store Day on April 22, while deluxe 2-CD set and digital editions will be released on May 26. The package includes a 100 book full of rare photos and essays by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, producer Zev Feldman, original recording engineer Paul Blakemore and journalist Bill Milkowski, as well as interviews with Jaco’s son John Pastorius, and some of the core musicians in the Word of Mouth Big Band, including Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer and Randy Brecker.

Today we premiere “”Bluesette” from Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul — Live in NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recording, which is now available for pre-order from the Resonance Records website. The track listing and complete personnel appear below the stream.

Disc One

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)

Disc Two
1. I Shot the Sheriff (6:55)
2. Okonkolé 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)

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

Alan Rubin
Lou Soloff
Jon Faddis
Ron Tooley
Kenny Faulk

David Taylor
Jim Pugh
Wayne Andre

John Clark
Peter Gordon

David Bargeron