December 19, 2008 – 3:50 am

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From Paris To New York [Megadisc, 1CD]

Live in Paris, France, December 19, 1984; live in New York, April 30, 1985. Very good soundboard.

Jaco Pastorius died on September 21, 1987. He was only 36. But the ’80s were tough years for Pastorius. He had severe mental health problems (eventually diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder) and the situation was made worse by alcohol and drug abuse. According to the wikipedia, from the mid-’80s, Pastorius was even considered an outcast of the musical community, such was his erratic behaviour.

But when he was on form, Pastorius was spectacular. On the December 19, 1984 set in Paris, Pastorius had Rashid Ali on drums, each egging the other on (in a good way). Pastorius could have been in a good or jokey mood - he “sampled” The Sound Of Music and Burt Bacharach’s Alfie, besides giving his own rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze. The Megadisc CD also includes Fannie Mae [who would have guessed the name would be so infamous in the second half of 2008], a track from New York, April 30, 1985, with Jimmy Page on guitar.

Today, Jaco Pastorius is probably best remembered for the gigs he played with Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell and Weather Report. He is also remembered as the musician who played the bass as the lead instrument.

As Ray Recchi wrote in the Ft. Lauderdale News and Sun Sentinel in 1981: “When Jaco Pastorius became the first musician to break the bass barrier, there was no loud explosion. The only noise involved, in fact, was snap, crackle and pop. Before Pastorius, the bass had always been a rhythm instrument. Pastorius broke the barrier, astounding people by playing it as a lead instrument, and playing things that people had never heard on a bass before.

“Still, it wasn’t a plan. The Northeast High School graduate didn’t set out to change things. ‘I didn’t know there was a barrier,’ said Pastorius. ‘What I did, when I was a little kid, was I listened to records on a record player I won from a Rice Krispies contest. It was just a kid’s record player so I couldn’t hear the bass, only the melody. So I played what I could hear, if it was a sax or a piano or whatever’.”

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain, this recording has never been officially released.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Track 01. Improvisation
Track 02. Amerika
Track 03. Improvisation - Purple Haze
Track 04. Blackbird
Track 05. Donna Lee
Track 06. Slang
Track 07. Fannie Mae
Track 08. Continuum
Track 09. Fannie Mae (with Jimmy Page)

Tracks 01-08 with drummer Rashid Ali.

A key Jaco Pastorius album remains his 1976 self-titled debut album. Click on the link to order Jaco Pastorius albums.

  1. 12 Responses to “JACO PASTORIUS - PARIS 1984”

  2. Dear Big O magazine,

    Thanks thanks thanks for this concert. Very good quality.

    Edwin from Holland

    By Edwin on Dec 19, 2008

  3. Wow. Never knew there was a collaboration between Jaco and Page.

    Thands yet again!

    By Society's Pliers on Dec 21, 2008

  4. Fairly smooth to download. Going to the html page for a couple of them wasn’t TOO painful.

    And the music sure is worth it. It’s great playing.


    By Don Doty on Dec 23, 2008

  5. I was more surprised by the collaboration of Jaco and Rashied Ali

    By Luis Torregrosa on Jan 6, 2009

  6. Jaco was the man! I was working with a mobile recording truck in 1981 and we were called to supply mics,cables & stands for “The Birthday Concert” CD.(recorded at Mr. Pips in Ft. Lauderdale,FL) I was sitting just in front of Jaco(stage right)and stayed for both shows.(didn’t end until almost 2:30am!) What a concert, he had the best horn section in the business.(Michael Brecker,Bob Mintzer,Kenny Faulk,Randy Emerick,Dave Bargeron,Jerry Peel,Don Alias&Peter Erskine-percussion/drums)

    By Robbie Mac on Mar 17, 2009

  7. remembering JACO LIVE WITH WEATHER REPORT 1980’s in New Orleans he was playing on top of the right speaker. I got the picture———–carmelo aponte

    By carmelo aponte on Apr 23, 2009

  8. All right, thank you very much, now is complete

    By Martin on Jul 5, 2009

  9. Thanks. I had an old cassette copy of the Paris radio show. Much better sound and the added track from NYC is interesting.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Apr 24, 2010

  10. Killer- new one for me to try & track down. Thanks!

    By JOHN on Feb 18, 2017

  11. Here comes another drug addict

    By Moron on Mar 1, 2017

  12. John-if you want this 1 just send big o an email requesting the show be reopened…

    By Green Blizzard on Mar 2, 2017

  13. Please reopened….

    By Miro on Feb 2, 2018

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