Maurizio Rolli & A.M.P. Big Band: Moodswings - A Tribute To Jaco Pastorius (2002)
Rolli’s vision provides additional proof to the validity of Pastorius’ melodic gifts. Rolli, drummer Nicola Angelucci and bassist Michael Manring open the set with a (jam) spin on Jaco’s now infamous rendition of Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee.” While much of the excitement pertains to Diana Torto’s airy, wordless vocals on pieces such as Pastorius’ classic, “Three Views of a Secret.” In fact many of these arrangements, feature Ms. Torto’s breezy vocalise atop the Big Band’s textured arrangements. They perform a justifiably, peppery version of “Teen Town.” Whereas, guitarist Mike Stern leads the charge during a work he had composed and dedicated to Jaco subsequent to his untimely death, titled “Havona.” A gorgeous and irrefutably somber ballad, Stern’s guitar parts are counterbalanced by the horns section warmly stated passages and Rolli’s lyrically charged electric bass work. Otherwise, Stern also performs on “Djaco,” and “Wing and a Prayer.”
Rolli’s thoughtfully conceived interpretations of the late bassist legacy stands as a triumphant homage as opposed to reworking these pieces into verbatim type exercises. The musicians convey a deeply personalized reckoning of what Pastorius did and perhaps could have done via the wide-ranging possibilities of his musical persona. Regardless, this is a grand production, brimming with multicolored pastels and shrewdly actualized soloing endeavors. Recommended...
Track Listing: 1.Donna Lee jam 2.Three Views of a secret 3.Teen Town 4.Goodbye Pork pie hat 5.Donna Lee 6. Wing and a Prayer 7.Havona 8.Continuum 9.Invitation 10.Portrait of Lucy 11. D-jaco
Personnel: Maurizio Rolli: electric bass, acoustic bass, arrangements, backing vocals
Record Label: Wide Records