This star-studded extravaganza features one time Weather Report drummer/percussionist Alex Acuna and a thirty-plus alignment of international artists paying tribute to the late bass god, Jaco Pastorius. And it’s not simply a chops-laden session featuring an assortment of bassist’s trying to mimic Pastorius’ innovative technique. Thankfully, this production concentrates more on his compositional acumen, and how various pieces can snugly fit within a hodgepodge of jazz-related genres.
Shrewdly mixed and tastefully produced, the program contains a multidimensional outlook. There are Brazilian slants, and hard hitting Weather Report-like fusion romps, namely on "Havona," with steel pan master Othello Molineaux riding atop Pete Sebastian’s pumping bass lines and streaming synths. On "Dania," pianist Michael Gerber rephrases the melody via a briskly swinging groove, supported by bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Billy Hart. Other highlights include Marcus Miller’s spacey bass and Hiram Bullock’s ravaging electric guitar lines on everyone’s favorite, "Teen Town."
Beautifully recorded, this tribute breathes newfound stylizations into Pastorius’ legacy. Essentially, the musicians’ and producers’ overall vision presents a multitude of variants and perspectives here. It’s more than just hero worship, as this set presents a refined and multifaceted portraiture of a brilliant star whose life was tragically and needlessly cut short. (Zealously recommended.... )