A previously unreleased Jaco Pastorius live album has been unearthed and will be available to the public this spring. Truth, Liberty & Soul captures the entire performance featuring the bass legend’s Word of Mouth big band (along with harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans) from a 1982 recording for NPR’s “Jazz Alive!” program.
“I think that this recording more than any other I’ve heard epitomizes the vision Jaco had for the Word of Mouth band,” drummer Peter Erskine writes. “And that’s what’s great about it. I would dare say that theres no finer version of what Jacos musical vision was than this particular concert and recording.” Victor Wooten adds, “This is a rare find; like finding a never-before-seen Picasso or Van Gogh painting.”
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The album will be released as a limited edition 3-LP boxed set for Record Store Day on April 22nd with a 2-CD set and digital versions available on May 26th. Included will be a massive 100-page book with essays by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, producer Zev Feldman, Jaco Pastorius authority Bill Milkowski, original recording engineer Paul Blakemore; plus interviews with Jaco’s son John Pastorius, musicians Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, and more.