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Jaco by Brian Bromberg

Bassist Brian Bromberg gives a salute to the person who got him interested in playing electric bass. Jaco was the nickname for inventive electric bass player John Francis Pastorius and the title of Bromberg's salute. Not only was Pastorius a master of the electric bass, but he also wrote many compositions that showed the best of not only the electric bass, but of all the people that performed with him, especially with his stint in the ground breaking group Weather Report in the late 70's and early 80's. Bromberg shows that spirit in Jaco by presenting Pastorius' works in a contemporary fashion.

All of the outstanding Pastorius works are on Jaco Come On, Come Over is done in a very funky way while Continuum brings out the best in Bromberg's bass work. Bromberg has taken the liberties to make Pastorius's works even more contemporary for the new millennium.

Bromberg's work with the piccolo bass is legendary and it shows again on Jaco. He also shows just how good he is on the upright bass on most of the tracks, including the legendary Pastorius song The Chicken, which was used in James Brown's band in the 60's. Bromberg gets some help on Jaco from keyboardist Jeff Lorber, saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Bob Mintzer, percussionist Alex Acuna, Jerry Hey and the LA Horns and vocalist Bill Champlin.

Jaco is a heart felt tribute to Jaco Pastrious and Brian Bromberg pulls it off well. Bromberg is Pastrious for the 21st century and will always take the bass to new heights.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Brian Bromberg
  • CD Title: Jaco
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: A440 Music Group
  • Rating: Four Stars
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