Tommy Strand & The Upper Hand (with Jaco Pastorius): Watermelon Man (1971)

The Jaco Pastorius Archive did a poll back in February, asking followers what they’d like to see from the Archive. A majority requested early years content.

The Archive delivered big with this recording of Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man,” performed by Tommy Strand & The Upper Hand. Jaco was in that band from 1971 to 1972.

“While Jaco (who is only 19 years old here) doesn’t take any solos, his groovy licks and unmistakable punchy sound are hard to miss,” the Archive shared.

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