March 15, 2013 – 4:43 am

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featuring Kazumi Watanabe
Tokyo 1983 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Koseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan; May 22, 1983. Excellent soundboard, FM broadcast.

Thanks to mr_mags who shared the show on the net in 2007.

mr_mags noted:

I have two versions of this; one an FM, which is less than an hour, helps complete this SBD source. What strikes me about this show is the looseness (as in long jamming on grooves) in contrast to some of the other shows from this period from , for example, Sweden or the US. Yes, Mike Stern is not present here but Kazumi rocks out pretty hard when called upon.

Here is an excerpt from an interview by Ray Recchi with Pastorius 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 here for the full interview.

Artwork posted at musictravellerstwo.blogspot - Thanks!

SBD > ? > CDr > EAC > FLAC (I read that it was a Pre-FM SBD)

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Disc 1
Track 101. Dania (Pastorius) 16:36 (27.9MB)
Track 102. Bass Solo (Pastorius) 2:52 (4.8MB)
Track 103. New York City Groove (Pastorius)/Beaver Patrol (Pastorius) 14:04 (23.6MB)
Track 104. The Chicken (Ellis) 7:28 (12.6MB)
Track 105. New Reggae (Pastorius) 17:44 (29.8MB)
Track 106. Amerika (Traditional) 2:05 (3.4MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Beaver Patrol (Pastorius) 8:43 (14.7MB)
Track 202. Fannie Mae (Brown) 6:39 (11.2MB)
Track 203. Promise Land (Brown) 13:53 (23.4MB)
Track 204. Black Market (Zawinul)/Jam/Clean Up Woman (Wright)/Beaver Patrol (Pastorius) 10:33* (17.7MB)
* from FM source (the FM source does not sound significantly different from the SBD)

Jaco Pastorius - electric bass, vocals
Delmar Brown - keyboards, vocals
Alex Foster - alto saxophone
Ron Tooley - trumpet, flugelhorn
Othello Molineaux - steel drums
Kenwood Denard - drums
Don Alias - percussion
Kazumi Watanabe - electric guitar (special guest for the entire show)

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  1. 3 Responses to “JACO PASTORIUS - TOKYO 1983”

  2. Jaco derived his style from listening to records and not being able to hear the bass because he had a kid’s record player he won from a Rice Krispies contest…. That’s so beautiful I don’t know what to say, except to repeat the story.

    By YogaforCynics on Mar 15, 2013

  3. This was recorded a year after he toured Japan with the Word of Mouth Big Band and recorded the 2 CD live album ‘Twins’ (AFAIK only available as a Japanese import), which as whittled down to the 1 CD ‘Invitation’. Twins is the far superior recording. Some overlap with musicians with the 82 show, this is a much smaller band.

    Thanks for posting this Big O! Losing Jaco was sad, pointless and deprived us of decades more of great music. More live Jaco is always good!

    By raoul duke on Mar 16, 2013

  4. awesome jaco,thanks

    By tony on Nov 21, 2016

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