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JACO OPEN THE EARS.ON THE 76 MONTRUEX DVD HES MORE IN THE NPOCKET BUT STILL DICTATES WHERE THEY GO.ITS LIKE HES MAESURES AHEAD OF THE OTHERS IN MELODYY HARMONY AND RHYTHEM.HOW DOES HE DO IT. HOW CAN ONE BE THAT GOOD. GOOD GOD.HE EVEN BURNS JOE ZAWINUL. ITHINK JOE WAS JELOUS OF JCO. WHEN HES GETTING SMOKED, HE TURS UP LOUDER.TO DROWN JACO OUT.ON THE DVD FORECAST TOMORROW HE DOES THAT OF TEEN TOWN DRWNING OUT JACO.BUT I UNDER STAND. HES JUST HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE JACO STEALING THE SHOW.JOES WEAK.JACO IS GREAT DONT YOU THINK.
Thanks for writing Robert. My review is pretty clear about me respect and love for Jaco (as is my review of Bill Milkowski's recently revised bio: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=21680.
But I'd argue that Joe was in any way competitive with Jaco. Jaco got more than his fair share of space to shine in that band, clearly different, say, than when Victor Bailey replaced him and the bass took a more traditional rhythm section role.
I had been lucky enough to be part of the audience during this legendary concert in Offenbach, Germany. This had been one of the loudest concerts I've listened to, apart from a concert of the Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1971. The concert hall in Offenbach is formed like a shell, and I had a seat in the last row. Though I was blown away by mere volume.
Maybe that's also a reason for the [imho] mediocre sound quality. Wayne Shorter's sax is NOT amplified to the level of the rest of the group during the whole concert. So he is really enjoyable only when soloing unaccompanied.
Joe Zawinul's keyboards had been badly balanced, too. That becomes especially evident when he plays the acoustic piano.
The video quality isn't satisfying, too. But one has to keep in mind that the concert took place in 1978. Some of the bootleg videos at YouTube are better nowadays, but that only proves how much video technology has improved during those almost 30 years.
Anyway, it's a great document of a really great (and long - >2 hours) concert of one of the [imho] greatest bands of the 20th century. Jaco's unaccompanied solo is outstanding, and it's also interesting to see the young Peter Erskine playing his ass off in this band after his early experiences in a big band.
In my opinion, in referring to the dvd concert, this is a precious and rare occasion to understand the importance and the strenghth of this group, also in a live dimension.
It'obvious the the technical video quality couldn't be optimal, but, after all, we're talking about an almost thirty years ago show; the audio signal is anyway fairly good.
Often occurs to me to hear people enthusiast of this weather period ( that with jaco) who hadn't the chance to see this group at least once, live.
I had this luck a couple of years later, in 1980, and the remembering is still vivid.
It's really difficult to find other continuous examples ( 15 years !)of contaminating styles which later would produce concrete musical shifts in future of the music.
A single negative note to the cd-section. It would have been more appropriate, given this occasion, giving the chance to listeners and fans to dedicate at least one of the 3 cd to outtakes, alternate versions or somewhat curious about Weather Report activity. Anyway, a "must" for all Weather ( and Jaco) lovers.
Jane Ira Bloom
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