Keep It Reel: Truth, Liberty & Soul
Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul is an album with more than 130 minutes of extraordinary high-fidelity ground-breaking music, on a live album with electric bass genius Jaco Pastorius and the Word of Mouth Big Band.
The band included Jaco Pastorius (Bass & Vocals), Bob Mintzer (Tenor and Soprano Saxophones and Bass Clarinet), Randy Brecker (Trumpet), Othello Molineaux (Steel Drums), Don Alias (Percussion), Peter Erskine (Drums), Blue Lou Marini (Tenor Sax), Jon Faddis (Trumpet), Jim Pugh (Trombone), David Bargeron (Tuba) and harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans as special guest.
It was recorded in 24 track Analog by the Record Plant mobile truck at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC on June 27, 1982 as part of George Wein’s Kool Jazz Festival. The album is presented from beginning to end exactly as it happened.
There have been many guitar gods, but there’s never been an electric bassist as deified as Jaco Pastorius. - Michael J. Agovino
Thom Jurek from AllMusic says “Truth, Liberty & Soul is for the Pastorius fanatics, but it’s much more. This fantastically recorded document is a treasure trove of modern progressive jazz. The brilliant music found on it serves to underscore that Jaco was more than a brilliant, singular bassist (though that would have been enough); he was a great composer, arranger, and charismatic bandleader — a true jazz renaissance man.”
Jaco Pastorius and the Word of Mouth Big Band
Jaco Pastorius – Bass & Vocals
Bob Mintzer – Tenor and Soprano Saxophones and Bass Clarinet
Randy Brecker – Trumpet
Othello Molineaux – Steel Drums
Don Alias – Percussion
Peter Erskine – Drums
Blue Lou Marini – Tenor Sax
Jon Faddis – Trumpet
Jim Pugh – Trombone
David Bargeron – Tuba
Toots Thielemans – Harmonica (Special Guest)
Original Recording Format: Analog Tape
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