Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius (1976)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Jaco Pastorius
Title Jaco Pastorius
Length 41:56 Discs: 1 Tracks: 9
Format CD Packaging Jewel Case
Label Epic/Legacy Cat. Number 64977
Style Fusion Rating
Recorded sierpień 1976 
Track list
Donna Lee (Parker) 02:27
Come On, Come Over (Herzog/Pastorius) 03:53
Continuum (Pastorius) 04:32
Kuru/Speak Like A Child (Hancock/Pastorius) 07:41
Portrait Of Tracy (Pastorius) 02:23
Opus Pocus (Pastorius) 05:28
Okonkole Y Trompa (Alias/Pastorius) 04:24
(Used To Be A) Cha-Cha (Pastorius) 08:55
Forgotten Love (Pastorius) 02:13
AMG Review by Rick Anderson (5):
It's impossible to hear Jaco Pastorious' debut album today as it sounded when it was first released in 1976. The opening track — his transcription for fretless electric bass of the bebop standard "Donna Lee" — was a manifesto of virtuosity; the next track, the funk-soul celebration "Come On, Come Over" was a poke in the eye to jazz snobs and a love letter to the R&B greats of the previous decade (two of whom, Sam & Dave, sing on that track); "Continuum" was a spacey, chorus-drenched look forward to the years he was about to spend playing with Weather Report. The program continues like that for three-quarters of an hour, each track heading off in a different direction — each one a masterpiece that would have been a proud achievement for any musician. What made Jaco so exceptional was that he was responsible for all of them, and this was his debut album. Beyond his phenomenal bass technique and his surprisingly mature compositional chops (he was 24 when this album was released), there was the breathtaking audacity of his arrangements: "Okonkole Y Trompa" is scored for electric bass, French horn, and percussion, and "Speak Like a Child," which Pastorious composed in collaboration with pianist Herbie Hancock, features a string arrangement by Pastorious that merits serious attention in its own right. For a man with this sort of kaleidoscopic creativity to remain sane was perhaps too much to ask; his gradual descent into madness and eventual tragic death are now a familiar story, one which makes the bright promise of this glorious debut album all the more bittersweet. (This remastered reissue adds two tracks to the original program: alternate takes of "(Used to Be a) Cha Cha" and "6/4 Jam").

Album Credits:

Don Alias Percussion, Bongos, Conductor, Conga, Bells, Iya, Okonkolo, Afuche
Vic Anesini Remastering
Julien Barber Viola
Randy Becker Trumpet
Bob Belden Producer
Arnold Black Violin
Paul Bley Piano (Electric), Producer, Performer
Michael Brecker Horn, Sax (Tenor)
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Horn
Ted Brosnan Engineer, Assistant Engineer
Al Brown Viola
Selwart Clarke Viola
Stewart Clarke Viola
Bobby Colomby Producer
Harry Cykman Violin
Alex Darou Keyboards
Alex Darqui Fender Rhodes
Richard Davis Double Bass
Bruce Ditmas Drums, Performer
Bob Economou Drums
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Paul Gershman Violin
Mike Gibbs Conductor
Peter Gordon Horn, French Horn
Peter Graves Trombone, Trombone (Bass)
Ted Hammond Engineer, Assistant Engineer
Herbie Hancock Piano, Keyboards, Piano (Electric), Clavinet, Liner Notes, Fender Rhodes
Don Hunstein Photography
John Jackson Production Assistant
Howard Johnson Saxophone, Sax (Baritone)
Harold Kohon Violin
Beverly Lauridsen Cello, Celli
Hubert Laws Flute, Piccolo, Wind
Ed Lee Design
Lily Lew Packaging Manager
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Anthony Maggioro Design
Joseph Malin Violin
Randall Martin Design
Charles McCracken Cello, Celli
Homer Mensch Bass, Double Bass
Pat Metheny Guitar (Electric), Performer, Liner Notes
Othello Molineaux Percussion, Drums (Steel)
Kermit Moore Cello
Samuel Moore Vocals
David Nadien Violin, Concert Master
David Palmer Engineer
Jaco Pastorius Bass, Bass (Electric), String Arrangements
Max Pollikoff Violin
David Prater Vocals
Don Puluse Engineer
Matthew Raimondi Violin
Jan Rathburn Engineer
Seth Rothstein Project Director
Sam & Dave Vocals
David Sanborn Saxophone, Sax (Alto)
Wayne Shorter Saxophone, Sax (Soprano)
Alan Shulman Cello
Sandy Speiser Photography
Ron Tooley Trumpet
The Manny Vardi Strings Viola
Narada Michael Walden Drums
Lenny White Drums
Leroy Williams Percussion, Drums (Steel)