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Pastorius was a brilliant, though ultimately tragic figure. I marveled at his work on Joni Mitchells "Hejira" and "Don Juans Reckless Daughter" and his groundbreaking playing with Weather Report and Pat Methaney, but its the lamentable image of a drunken Jaco onstage with my girl friends lipstick smashed and smeared all over his sad, unshaven face fumbling through The Star Spangled Banner that will for me somehow overshadow his towering musical achievements.
But thats not the point. Epic/Legacy has masterfully remastered and expanded Jacos debut an acclaimed milestone in fusion to create an even more feverish and invigorating masterpiece. From the fluid elasticity of Charlie Parkers "Donna Lee" through "Come On, Come Over," the evocative "Continium," to the melodic, harmonically charged "Portrait Of Tracy" and the bop inspired fusion of "(Used To Be) A Cha-Cha," Jaco brought the bass to regions never before explored. No one, not now, not ever has played with the delicacy of command and the seemingly bottomless well of imagination that Pastorius did, making his early demise ever more painful some twenty-five years later.Mike Jurkovic