Various Artists: Gospel for JFP III: Tribute to Jaco Pastorius

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Various Artists: Gospel for JFP III: Tribute to Jaco Pastorius Paying homage to one of jazz music's greatest electric bass players seems an effortless and genuine mission on this new release dedicated to the late John Francis (Jaco) Pastorius III, who left an unforgettable mark on the hearts of musicians and fans across the globe. His brief but profound career spanned recordings with guitarist Pat Metheny and singer Joni Mitchell, but his fame reached its apex with the '70s fusion supergroup Weather Report alongside jazz greats Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter. There have been numerous dedications to Pastorious since his untimely death in 1987, and Gospel for JFP III ranks as a fine addition, with some strikingly different sounds covering the bassist's music from early beginnings through well documented works.

The recording does an interesting job of conveying Pastorius' dynamic energy and spirit by bringing together a variety of musicians and vocalists with fresh and inventive interpretations of pieces like the classic "Three Views of a Secret, from his recording Word of Mouth, with guitarists Hiram Bullock and Birelli Lagrene backed by a full choir.

One of the most outrageous is the Weather Report piece "Punk Jazz, which is performed entirely on accordion by Gil Goldstein. The sound is quite different but it totally swings like the original. Newcomers and longtime fans will find something to enjoy on the mellow version of "Continuum, the funky hard rocking "Teen Town, Jaco's early recording "I Can Dig It Baby, and the title piece. These performances are indeed good news for music fans, whatever their style preferences. Like a shooting star, the bassist left a trail of inspiration and wonderful music that is still revered today.

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Track Listing: Three Views of a Secret; Las Olas; Havona; Continuum; I Can Dig It Baby; Dania; Punk Jazz; Teen Town; Microcosm; Good Morning Anya; Gospel for J.F.P. III: Tribute to Jaco Pastorious

Personnel: Hiram Bullock (electric guitar on “Three Views of a Secret,” Teen Town”); Bireli Lagrene (acoustic guitar on “Three Views of a Secret”); Contrafarsa (vocals on “Three Views of a Secret”); Michael Gerber (acoustic piano on “Las Olas,” “Continuum,” “Dania”); Tonhino Horta (guitar, voice on “Las Olas”); Kenny Davis (acoustic bass on “Las Olas,” “Dania”); Danny Gottlieb (drums on “Las Olas”); Armando Marçal (percussion on “Las Olas,” “Continuum”); Othello Molineaux (steel pans on “Havona”); Bob Mintzer (tenor saxophone on “Havona”); Abel Pabon (keyboards on “Havona”); Pete Sebastien (electric bass on “Havona”); Jonathan Joseph (drums on “Havona”); Robert Thomas Jr. (percussion on “Havona”); Gil Goldstein (keyboards, accordion on “Continuum,” Punk Jazz,” “Good Morning Anya”); Mike Stern (electric guitar on “Continuum”); Romero Lubambo (acoustic guitar on “Continuum”); Ines Bergara (lead vocal on “I Can Dig It Baby”); Hugo Fattoruso (piano, keyboards, voice on “I Can Dig It Baby,” “Gospel for J.F.P. III”); Felix Pastorius (electric bass on “I Can Dig It Baby”); Percussion on “I Can Dig It Baby”: (Fernando “Lobo” Nuńez, Gustavo Oviedo; Walter “Nego” Haedo, Jorge “Foque” Gomez, Washington Pintos, Noe Nuńez, Mariano Barroso, Pablo “Pirańa” Silva); Chorus on “I Can Dig It Baby”: Norma Galfetti, Gabriela Gomez, Silvana Lombardini, Mariana Garcia Vigil, Carlos Quintana, Gustavo Monemurro, Urbano Moraes, Cesar Martinez; Billy Hart (drums on “Dania”); Kenwood Dennard (drums on Teen Town”); Marcus Miller (electric bass on “Teen Town”); Delmar Brown (keyboards on “Teen Town”); Charles Blenzig (keyboards on “Teen Town”); Rich Franks (drums on “Microcosm”); Alex Darqui (acoustic piano on “Microcosm”); John Patitucci (acoustic bass on “Microcosm”); Jorge Pardo (saxophone on “Good Morning Anya”); Carles Benavent (electric bass on “Good Morning Anya”); Alex Acuńa (drums, percussion on “Good Morning Anya”); Frances Fatturoso (electric bass on “Gospel for J.F.P. III”); Jorge Osvaldo Fatturoso (drums on “Gospel for J.F.P. III”)

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Moonjune Records | Style: Modern Jazz


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