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December 2005

Various Artists
Gospel for J.F.P. III:Tribute to Jaco Pastorius
MoonJune Records

The songs on this tribute that will most remind listeners of electric-bass giant Jaco Pastorius' greatness are those featuring guitarist Hiram Bullock or bassists John Patitucci and Marcus Miller. Bullock teams with fellow guitarist Bireli Lagrene and the chorus Contrafarsa on "Three Views of a Secret," which touches on the fusion, funk and Spanish tinges in Pastorius' work. The same holds true for "Havona," with tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer's fiery playing and the addition of steel-pan player Othello Molineaux and percussionist Robert Thomas Jr. covering the Caribbean and Latin bases, while Mintzer and others spotlight the straightahead jazz side.

Other notables include Ines Bergara's saucy and soulful vocal on "I Can Dig It Baby," an homage to the '70s Florida soul-and-funk scene Pastorius helped nurture, and Gil Goldstein's delightful accordion playing on "Punk Jazz," one of Pastorius' greatest works. The versions of "Good Morning Anya," "Microcosm" and "Teen Town" aren't as musically attractive, but they're not terrible either.

Gospel for J.F.P. III is an ideal demostration of the love that so many inside and outside the jazz world have for Pastorius and his music.

Originally published in December 2005
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