We remember Jaco Pastorius. ‘Jaco is Gone’

This day (September 21, 1987), in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, died John Francis Anthony Pastorius III, known as Jaco Pastorius, an electric bass player.Tracklist : 1 . A Portrait Of Tracy (1978) 2 . The Chicken 3 . Dolphin Dance 4 . Live 1979 Improv 5 . Weather Report (1978) – Teen Town 6 . Donna Lee Tracklist : Come On, Come Over . Portrait Of Tracy . Donna Lee . Continuum . Opus Pocus . Okonkole…

Joni Mitchell releases ‘Shadows and Light,’ a double live album recorded with Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker et al (1979)

Joni Mitchell's 'Shadows and Light' is a double live album released in September 1979 and recorded with Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker and others and released in September 1980 by Asylum.1 . The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines 2 . Shadows And Light 3 . Amelia (Live, 1979) 4 . Hejira (Japan) 5 . Free Man In Paris (London, 1983) 6 . God Must Be A Boogie Man (London, 1983) Track listing…

Jaco Pastorius takes the Word of Mouth Big Band to ‘Aurex Jazz Festival 1982’

During the first week of September 1982, Jaco Pastorius, the Word of Mouth Big Band and a couple of special guests such as Toots Thielemans took part in the "Aurex Jazz Festival" held in three different Japanese venues : Budokan, Tokyo (September 1st), Osaka Festival Hall (September 4th) and Yokohama Stadium (September 5th). Here is what is supposed to be the Tokyo concert plus various excerpts…

Columbia publish Herbie Hancock’s ‘Sunlight’ recorded with Tony Williams and Jaco Pastorius (1978)

Herbie Hancock's 'Sunlight' is an album recorded with Tony Williams and Jaco Pastorius and released on June 15, 1978 by Columbia.1 . I Thought It Was You Track Listing : 1.I Thought It Was You (Herbie Hancock, Melvin Ragin, Jeffrey Cohen) – 08:56 . 2.Come Running To Me (Herbie Hancock, Allee Willis) – 08:25 . 3.Sunlight (Herbie Hancock) - 07:12 . 4.No Means Yes (Herbie Hancock) - 06:21 . 5.Good…

Weather Report release their eighth album : ‘Heavy Weather’ featuring ‘Birdland’ by Joe Zawinul and Teen Town by Jaco Pastorius (1977)

Weather Report's 'Heavy Weather' is their eighth (and most commercially successful) album released in March 1977 y Columbia. Track Listing : 1.Birdland (Joe Zawinul) - 05:57 . 2.A Remark You Made (Joe Zawinul) - 06:51 . 3.Teen Town (Jaco Pastorius) - 02:51 . 4.Harlequin (Wayne Shorter) - 03:59 . 5.Rumba Mamá (Manolo Badrena, Alex Acuña) - 02:11 . 6.Palladíum (Wayne Shorter) - 04:46 . 7.The Juggler…

Warner Bros. publish Jaco Pastorius’ third album : ‘Invitation’ recorded with his Word of Mouth big band (1983)

Jaco Pastorius 'Invitation' is his third album recorded with his Word of Mouth big band and released in December 1983 by Warner Bros.Track Listing : 1.Invitation (Bronislaw Kaper) - 06:57 . 2.Amerika (Traditional) - 01:09 . 3.Soul Intro/The Chicken (Pee Wee Ellis, Jaco Pastorius) - 06:49 . 4.Continuum (Jaco Pastorius) - 04:28 . 5.Liberty City (Jaco Pastorius) - 04:35 . 6.Sophisticated Lady (Duke…

Jaco Pastorius records ‘The Birthday Concert’ in Florida for Warner Bros. (1995)

Jaco Pastorius' 'The Birthday Concert' is a live album recorded on December 1, 1981, at Mr. Pip'S In Ft. Lauderdale in Florida and released on September 26, 1995. by Warner Bros.1 . Invitation 2 . Three Views Of A Secret 3 . Liberty City Track Listing : 1.Soul Intro/The Chicken (Pee Wee Ellis, Jaco Pastorius) - 08:01 . 2.Continuum (Jaco Pastorius) - 02:34 . 3.Invitation (Bronislaw Kaper) -…

This week In Jazz Legends 48/52

Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd , Chico Hamilton, Herbie Hancock, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Henderson, Kenny Wheeler, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie , Bill Evans, Jaco Pastorius, Rahsaan Roland Kirk

This week In Jazz Legends 38/52

Roland Hanna, Erroll Garner, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, Gordon Beck, Kenny Wheeler, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Keith Jarrett, Lee Konitz, Chick Corea , Jaco Pastorius Band, Steve Coleman, Jean Luc Ponty

This week In One-Off Collaborations 35/52

Bob Dylan & Bruce Springsteen, Yolanda Adams & Joss Stone, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Michael Jackson & Barry Gibb, Robbie Williams & Kylie Minogue, Gladys Knight & Lenny Kravitz, Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight & Dionne Warwick, Joni Mitchell, Jaco Pastorius & Michael Brecker , Taj Mahal & John Hiatt, John Lee Hooker & Bonnie Raitt , Eddie Vedder &…

This week In Jazz Legends 35/52

Randy Weston, Buddy DeFranco, Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Tony Williams, Freddie Hubbard, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Joe Farrell, Joe Henderson, George Duke, Alphonso Johnson, Robben Ford, Peter Erskine, Jean Luc Ponty, Jaco Pastorius, Miles Davis, Sun Ra , John Zorn, Dexter Gordon

This week In Jazz Legends 27/52

Stan Getz Quartet, Pat Metheny Group, Astor Piazzolla, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen, Buddy Rich, Modern Jazz Quartet, Louis Armstrong, Jaco Pastorius, Lionel Hampton, Billy Cobham, George Duke Band, John Coltrane, Don Ellis

Happy Birthday Randy Brecker. ‘Brother Randy’

This day (November 27, 1945), in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, is born Randy Brecker, an American trumpeter and flugelhornist.Tracklist : 1 . Now's the Time (2020) 2 . w/ Chad Lefkowitz-Brown & F. Giachino trio – @ Torino Jazz Festival (2019) 3 . Some Skunk Funk (2018) 4 . w/ Marvin Stamm – A Night of Jazz (2017) 5 . w/ Andrei Kondakov – ДЖАЗ НА ДНЕПРЕ (2016) 6 . w/ Bob Mintzer – Some skunk funk…

Weather Report record ‘Live and Unreleased’ (1975)

Weather Report's 'Live and Unreleased' is their third official live album recorded in November 1975, 1977 & 1978,1 . Freezin Fire / Scarlet Woman (1975, Berlin) 2 . Fast City (Live, 1983) 3 . A Portrait Of Tracy 4 . Portrait Of Tracy (w/ Jaco Pastorius) 5 . Teen Town 6 . Two Lines (Live, 1983) 7 . In A Silent Way Track Listing : 1.Freezing Fire (Wayne Shorter) - 08:14 . 2.Plaza Real…

We all wish happy birthday to Joni Mitchell. ‘Mitchell, Ma Belle’

This day (November 7, 1943), in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada, is born Roberta Joan Anderson a.k.a Joni Mitchell, a Canadian musician, singer songwriter and painter..Tracklist : 1 . Big Yellow Taxi 2 . Both Sides Now (2000) 3 . Harry’S House (1998) 4 . Hejira (1986) 5 . w/ Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, David Sanborn & Bobby Mcferrin 6 . w/ Jaco Pastorius – The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines 7 .…

Columbia publish Al Di Meola’s debut album : ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ (1976)

Al Di Meola's 'Land of the Midnight Sun' is his first album released on October 25, 1976 by Columbia.1 . The Wizard 2 . Short Tales Of The Black Forest (w/ John Mclaughlin) Track Listing : 1.The Wizard (James Mingo Lewis) – 06:46 . 2.Land Of The Midnight Sun (Al Di Meola) – 09:10 . 3.Sarabande From Violin Sonata In B Minor, (Partita No. 1 In B Minor, Bwv 1002) (Johann Sebastian Bach) – 01:20 .…

Happy Birthday Victor Wooten. ‘Bass Slapped’

This day (September 11, 1964), in Mountain Home, Idaho, is born Victor Wooten, an American bass player.Tracklist : 1 . w/ Marcus Miller - Red Baron (2020) 2 . w/ Dennis Chambers – Liz & Opie (2019) 3 . Funky D (2018) 4 . Amazing Grace (2016) 5 . w/ Doug Wimbish – Bass Duet (2015) 6 . w/ Victor Wooten Band @ Jazz Series 2014 7 . Victor’S Jam 8 . Live In Vienna (2013) 9 . Yesterday (2011) 10 .…

Columbia release Herbie Hancock’s thirtieth album : ‘Mr. Hands’ (1980)

<pHerbie Hancock's 'Mr. Hands' is his thirtieth album (with Jaco Pastorius on one track.) released in September 1980 by Columbia.Track Listing : 1.Spiraling Prism (Herbie Hancock) - 06:25 . 2.Calypso (Herbie Hancock) - 06:44 . 3.Just Around The Corner (Herbie Hancock) - 07:36 . 4.4 A.M. (Herbie Hancock) - 05:23 . 5.Shiftless Shuffle (Herbie Hancock) - 07:10 . 6.Textures (Herbie Hancock) - 06:37…

We remember Toots Thielemans. ‘Toots, 94, Une (dernière) Fois’

This day (August 22, 2016), in Brussels, Belgium, died Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans a.k.a Toots Thielemans, a Belgian jazz musician well known for his guitar and harmonica playing as well as his whistling. Thielemans is credited as one of the greatest harmonica players of the 20th century.Tracklist : 1 . w/ Kenny Werner - Days Of Wine And Roses (2012) 2 . Rosa Turbinata (2011)…

Heads Up publish Esperanza Spalding’s third album : ‘Chamber Music Society’

Esperanza Spalding's 'Chamber Music Society' is her third studio album released on August 17, 2010 by Heads Up.1 . Little Fly 2 . Little Fly 3 . Knowledge Of Good And Evil (Live) 4 . Wild Is The Wind 5 . (NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert) 6 . Apple Blossom (Saint Paul, Oct 4Th, 2011) 7 . What A Friend (Paris, 06/04/11) 8 . Winter Sun (NSJ, 2011 () 9 . Inútil Paisagem (Coliseu Dos Recreios) Track…

We remember Albert Mangelsdorff. ‘Der Posaunist’

This day (July 25, 2005), in Frankfurt, Germany, died Albert Mangelsdorff, a German modern jazz trombonist.Tracklist : 1 . Albert Mangelsdorff 5Tet (2004) 2 . Ripoff / Mood Azure (1983) 3 . The United Jazz & Rock Ensemble - Be Bop Scat 4 . Globe Unity Orchestra - Live In Berlin (1970) 5 . Now Jazz Ramwong 6 . w/ Jaco Pastorius - Trilogue (1976) Tracklist : Sakura Waltz . Varie . Ant Steps…

Weather Report record ‘Night Passage,’ live in a Los Angeles studio (1980)

Weather Report's 'Night Passage' is their eleventh album recorded live before a crowd of 250 people on July 12 and 13, 1980 and released the same year by Columbia.1 . Fast City (Live, 1983) Track Listing : 1.Night Passage (Joe Zawinul) - 06:30 . 2.Dream Clock (Joe Zawinul) - 06:26 . 3.Port Of Entry (Wayne Shorter) - 05:09 . 4.Forlorn (Joe Zawinul) - 03:55 . 5.Rockin' In Rhythm (Duke Ellington,…

Weather Report performs at Montreux Jazz (1976)

July 8, 1976 - Weather Report - that is Joe Zawinul (kb), Wayne Shorter (ts, ss), Jaco Pastorius (b), Alex Acuña (d) and Manolo Badrena (perc) - headlines at "Montreux Jazz Festival" in Switzerland

Happy Birthday Stanley Clarke. ‘Mr. Stanley, I Presume’

This day (June 30, 1951), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is born Stanley Clarke, an American jazz musician and composer known for his innovative work on both double and electric bass.Tracklist : 1 . School Days (2019) 2 . @ IL Volo Del Jazz (2018) 3 . w/ The Stanley Clarke Band -School Days (2017) 4 . w/ The Stanley Clarke Band - No Mystery (2015) 5 . w/ Beka Gochiashvili | Tbilisi Jazz…

Joni Mitchell releases ‘Mingus,’ a collaboration album with Charles Mingus (1979)

Joni Mitchell's 'Mingus' is her tenth studio album recorded in collaboration with Charles Mingus and released on June 13, 1979 by Asylum.1 . The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines 2 . God Must Be A Boogie Man (London 1983) Track Listing : 1.Happy Birthday 1975 (Rap) (Joni Mitchell) - 0:57 . 2.God Must Be A Boogie Man (Joni Mitchell) - 04:35 . 3.Funeral (Rap) (Joni Mitchell) - 01:07 . 4.A Chair In The…

Happy Birthday Herbie Hancock

This day (April 12, 1940 ), in Chicago, Illinois, is born Herbert Jeffrey Herbie Hancock, an American pianist, keyboardist and composer.Digest Tracklist : Actual Proof (Austin City Limits) . SoCal Connected (2014) . w/ Friends - Walkin (2012) . w/ Pink, Seal, India Arie - Imagine (2010) . w/ Christina Aguilera - A Song For You (2008) . w/ .Wynton Marsalis - Chicago. Part 2 (1981) . w/ Wayne…

This month Mike Stern records ‘Upside Downside,’ his second album (1986)

Mike Stern's 'Upside Downside' is his second studio album recorded in March & April 1986 and released the same year by Atlantic.Track Listing : 1.Upside Downside (Mike Stern) - 05:43 . 2.Little Shoes (Mike Stern) - 05:33 . 3.Goodbye Again (Mike Stern) - 06:35 . 4.Mood Swings (Mike Stern) - 06:05 . 5.After You (Mike Stern) - 05:28 . 6.Scuffle (Mike Stern) - 06:10 Musicians : Mike Stern –…

This week In Jazz Legends (special sax & trumpet) 09/52

Dizzy Gillespie, Sam Rivers, Chris Potter, Woody Shaw, Paul Desmond, Wynton Marsalis, Ernie Watts, Wayne Shorter, Arturo Sandoval, Benny Golson, Jan Garbarek, James Carter, Roy Hargrove, Dave KozThey are the "Jazz Legends (special sax . trumpet)" performers selected among the 354 Posts we publish this week. Here, they are reunited in one glorious playlist. Enjoy!Tracklist 1 . Dizzy Gillespie .…

We remember Tony Williams

This day (February 23, 1997), in Daly City, California, died Anthony Tillmon 'Tony' Williams, an American drummer and pioneer of jazz fusion.Tracklist : w/ Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter - Agitation (1963) . 2 Solos Tribute To Miles Davis (1992 ) . w/ Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Wallace Roney, Ron Carter - So What . w/ Dizzy,Mccoy Tyner,Ron Carter & Freddie…

We remember Michael Brecker. ‘Ace Brecker’

This day (January 13, 2007), in New York City, New York, died Michael Brecker, an American jazz saxophonist and composer.Tracklist : Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (2003) . Delta City Blues (1998) . Peep (1990) . w/ Bill Evans, Ernie Watts, Stanley Turrentine - Four Sleepers / Pools (1989) . w/ Pat Metheny - Song For Bilbao . Choral (1983) . w/ Ben Sidran - Someday My Prince Will Come (1978) .…

Happy Birthday Mike Stern. ‘Upside Mike’

This day (January 10, 1953), in Boston, Massachusetts, is born Mike Sedgwick a.k.a. Mike Stern, an American jazz guitarist,Tracklist : w/ Jeff Lorber - Righteous (2019) . w/ Manu Katche Richard Bona & Niels Lan Doky - @Jazz in Marciac (2018) . Out Of The Blue (2017) . Chromazone (2016) . Kate (2015) . w/ Eric Johnson - Cliffs of Dover (2013) . January 1 (2012) . w/ Didier Lockwood -…

Weather Report record ‘8:30,’ a double live album for Columbia (1979)

Weather Report's '8:30' is a double album recorded live (except for 2 tracks) in January–February 1979, produced by Joe Zawinul & Jaco Pastorius and released the same year by Columbia.Track Listing : 1.Black Market (Joe Zawinul) - 09:47 . 2.Scarlet Woman (Alphonso Johnson, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul) - 08:42 . 3.Teen Town (Jaco Pastorius) - 06:03 . 4.A Remark You Made (Joe Zawinul) - 08:01 .…

We remember Alphonse Mouzon. ‘Fusion Moves On’

This day (December 26, 2016), in Los Angeles, California, died Alphonse Mouzon, a jazz-fusion drummer and percussionist Tracklist : w/ Larry Coryell & The 11th House - Right On, Y'all (2013) . I Wonder Why (2012) . Jams . w/ Paul Jackson & Herbie Hancock - Hang Up Your Hang Ups (1979) . w/ Jaco Pastorius, Albert Mangelsdorff - Zores Mores (1976) . w/ Miroslav Vitous & Weather…

Asylum publish Joni Mitchell’s double album : ‘Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter’ (1977)

Joni Mitchell's 'Don Juan's Reckless Daughter' is a double album released on December 13, 1977 by Asylum.Track Listing : 1.Overture / Cotton Avenue (Joni Mitchell) - 06:41 . 2.Talk To Me (Joni Mitchell) - 03:45 . 3.Jericho (Joni Mitchell) - 03:22 . 4.Paprika Plains (Joni Mitchell) - 16:21 . 5.Otis And Marlena (Joni Mitchell) - 04:09 . 6.The Tenth World (Joni Mitchell, Don Alias, Manolo Badrena,…