Review of Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul: Live In NYC The Complete 1982 Jazz Alive! Recording, Resonance Records, 2017
What a fantastic record! All my deepest estimate and my sincere compliments for the record company Resonance Records and its producer Zev Feldman, who over the course of six long years have managed to arrive at the release of this double CD containing the complete recording of the concert at Avery Fisher Hall in New York on June 27, 1982, as part of George Wein’s Kool Jazz Festival. Some parts of this concert have been running around for quite some time since they have been broadcast radiofrequently in the past, but this is the first time all the performed material is presented in its entirety and completeness. This concert, whose remastering was taken care of by the same engineer who made the original recording, is considered one of the tops of the musical production of Jaco Pastorius and of the big band accompanying it: all the soloists are in great shape with several memorable solos , supported by the incredible bassist’s energy and his great arrangements. This double CD shows two hours of exciting music with some of Pastorius’ most beloved “classics” like the initial “Invitation,” followed by Charlie Parker’s “Donna Lee,” “Three Views Of A Secret “and” Liberty City “, which are two of the most famous compositions of Pastorius, that see here the miraculous intervention of Thielemans’s harmonica. After these songs follow Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady” and the next “Bluesette”. Then a very special version of “I Shot the Sheriff” followed by Don Alias’s solo drumming in “Okonkolé Y Trompa”, and then “Reza,” which is temporarily influenced by the theme of “Giant Steps”, “Mr. Fonebone “, then the inexhaustible solo of bass with the Hendrixian quote and the spectacular solo of Erskine’s drums, really in a state of grace. The concert is closed by “Fannie Mae” by Buster Brown, another classic for Pastorius. An amazing concert, with a band in great shape, which best represents Pastorius’s striking style and technique, but also his talents as a composer, arranger and band leader, probably not much appreciated and placed in the background by his personality and his vistuosism as a musician.
Beautifully packed with an illustrated booklet featuring numerous photos and interviews with some of the protagonists of the event such as Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Othello Molineaux and Randy Brecker, and other characters describing their relationship with Jaco, man and musician. “Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul: Live In NYC The Complete 1982 Jazz Alive! Recording “is a curious work that for its incredible quality and it’s a record that should not be missed and a reference point in Jaco Pastorius’s discography.