Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

229

Maurizio Rolli & A.M.P. Big Band: Moodswings - A Tribute To Jaco Pastorius

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count


This isn't just another oblique or chops based attempt at paying homage to the late, great bassist Jaco Pastorius. Here, Italian acoustic-electric bassist, arranger Maurizio Rolli and his A.M.P. Big Band (along with some special guests), inject heartfelt imagery into the Pastorius songbook. With this release, Rolli focuses on Pastorius' compositional strengths.

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 "Wings and a Prayer." 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 ""Havona" and Djaco."

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...



Wide Sound

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

Title: Moodswings - A Tribute To Jaco Pastorius | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Wide Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Formidable CD/LP/Track Review Formidable
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Cochonnerie CD/LP/Track Review Cochonnerie
by John Sharpe
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Threes CD/LP/Track Review Threes
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Smoke CD/LP/Track Review Smoke
by Joe Gatto
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Acknowledgement CD/LP/Track Review Acknowledgement
by Don Phipps
Published: November 23, 2017
Read Lessons And Fairytales CD/LP/Track Review Lessons And Fairytales
by Jerome Wilson
Published: November 23, 2017
Read "The Hive" CD/LP/Track Review The Hive
by Edward Blanco
Published: May 28, 2017
Read "Resonance" CD/LP/Track Review Resonance
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 15, 2017
Read "Joey.Monk.Live!" CD/LP/Track Review Joey.Monk.Live!
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 14, 2017
Read "Kisaragi" CD/LP/Track Review Kisaragi
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 17, 2017
Read "Wee +3" CD/LP/Track Review Wee +3
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 7, 2016

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Please support out sponsor