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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!

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Jukka Haavisto

Jukka Haavisto

Absolutely fantastic version! I love this song!



Beautiful. Word of Mouth album is a work of art. Pity the short-sighted record company couldn’t adjust to the idea that Jaco was a brilliant composer and not just a flashy soloist and help promote his music at the time instead of later legacy releases.
Happy Birthday Jaco :-)

Francis M. D’Amico

I am almost sure this is a passacaglia from Jaco uses…it’s in triple form and the line remains the same thruout. If any musicians out there could corroborate this I’d be happy to hear from you.



brilliant cut. there’s a few good ones on youtube