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Jaco Pastorius & Word Of Mouth Big Band: “Three Views of a Secret” Live (1982)

On this day in 1951, John Francis Anthony Pastorius III was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A short number of years later, the world of bass was forever changed.

Today we celebrate with a composition I think is one of Jaco’s finest – if not the finest – of his incredible career: “Three Views of a Secret”.

The audio here is from the live soundboard recording of Jaco and the Word of Mouth Big Band’s performance at Avery Fisher Hall on June the 27th in 1982 in New York.

The band features the incomparable Toots Thielemans on harmonica. The rest of the known credits include Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff, Ken Faulk, Alan Ruben, Jon Faddis, & Ron Tooley – trumpet, Dave Bargeron, David Taylor, Jim Pugh – trombone, Howard Johnson – tuba, Frank Wess & Lou Marini – tenor saxophone, Randy Emerick – barytone saxophone, Bob Mintzer – tenor & soprano saxophone + bass clarinet, John Clark & Peter Gordon – french horn, Othello Molineaux & Paul Horn Muller – steel drums, Don Alias – percussion, Peter Erskine – drums.

Happy birthday, Jaco!

Thanks to Musicenthusiasm for this video!