The Word Is Out

The Word Is Out

by Jaco Pastorius Big Band

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Jazz fusion bass freaks and fans of the late great Weather Report innovator first got the message that his richly textured compositions were ripe for spirited big-band arrangements on 2003's critically acclaimed Word of Mouth, whose all-star band was led by Peter Graves (whose orchestra Pastorius launched his career with) and included sharp melodic and rhythmic contributions by bassmen who have proudly carried on the tradition -- Victor Wooten, Gerald Veasley, Richard Bona, Victor Bailey, Marcus Miller, and Jimmy Haslip. On the funky, energetic, yet frequently poignant follow-up -- which reminds listeners even more of the bass legend's genius for composition -- these monsters return, complemented by band newcomers like Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Jr., Mark Egan, Oteil Burbridge, and Will Lee. What's exciting is that even though the set is joyfully plastered with grand solos by these rhythm masters as well as Randy Brecker, Hiram Bullock, Ed Calle, Bob Mintzer, Arturo Sandoval, Peter Erskine, and Mike Stern, everyone's truly dedicated to making this a buoyant team effort. So while Mintzer and Brecker blaze amidst the madness on "Dania," there's an eager sense of anticipation waiting for the sizzle of the whole ensemble to re-emerge. That same vibe extends to the midtempo cool yet simmering Latin arrangement of "Las Olas," which was arranged by Randy Bernsen and features a lush harmonica solo by Toots Thielemans. Pastorius' own compositions dominate, but classics from his famous collaborators Pat Metheny ("Sirabhorn") and Joe Zawinul (the low-key, soulful, and whimsical "Cannonball") are equally engaging. Another extra-Jaco treat is a speedy reading of the Beatles' "Blackbird," featuring a percussive soprano melody line by Calle over a subtle Bona-Erskine groove. Jaco Pastorius fans will flip with ecstasy, but even lovers of less progressive contemporary jazz will enjoy it for its spirit and lyrical melodies.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2006
Label: Heads Up
UPC: 0053361911065
catalogNumber: 9110

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jaco Pastorius Big Band   Primary Artist,Bass,Soloist
Mark Egan   Bass,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Hiram Bullock   Guitar,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Peter Erskine   Drums,Guest Appearance
Bob Mintzer   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Mike Stern   Guitar,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Randy Bernsen   Guitar,Soloist
Paul Dean   Vocals
Jimmy Haslip   Bass,Guest Appearance
Gerald Veasley   Bass,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Michael Brignola   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Oteil Burbridge   Bass,Guest Appearance
Ed Calle   Clarinet,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Kenneth Faulk   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Will Lee   Bass,Guest Appearance
Michael Levine   Synthesizer,Piano,Soloist
Othello Molineaux   Steel Drums,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Dana Paul   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Billy Ross   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Dana Teboe   Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Victor Wooten   Bass,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Robert Thomas   Hand Drums,Guest Appearance
John Kricker   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Jason Carder   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Jeff Carswell   Bass,Guest Appearance
Mark Griffith   Drums
Gary Keller   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jim Hacker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Michelle Amato   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Richard Bona   Bass,Soloist,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Pat Metheny   Composer
Bob Mintzer   Arranger
Jaco Pastorius   Composer
Randy Bernsen   Arranger,Engineer
Gerald Veasley   Engineer
Joe Zawinul   Composer
Dan Bonsanti   Arranger
Dave Love   Executive Producer
Bill Milkowski   Liner Notes
Rich Breen   Engineer
Richard Waller   Engineer
Larry Warrilow   Arranger,Engineer,Re-Orchestration
Robert Hoffman   Booklet Design
Hal Winer   Engineer
Arnold Mischkulnig   Engineer
Ariel Solanes   Engineer
Robert Battaglia   Engineer
Christine Verschorren   Engineer
Jaco Pastorius Big Band   Arranger
Carlos Alvarez   Engineer

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