Jaco Pastorius Demos to Be Released for Record Store Day

Early, rare recordings coming from Omnivore label April 19

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Jaco Pastorius

To celebrate Record Store Day on April 19, Omnivore Records will release Jaco Pastorius’ Modern American Music . . . Period! The Criteria Sessions on a multi-colored vinyl LP and on CD. The release consists of demo recordings made by the late bass innovator when, according to a press release, “a 22-year-old Pastorius and friends, prior to the release of his debut album, used after-hours time at Criteria Studios to work out new songs and jam. Eventually six of those songs were transferred to acetate. Many of the songs found their way onto the debut album, and others remained unreleased until now.”

The album is being produced in conjunction with the Pastorius estate and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo. It contains 11 tracks plus essays from Trujillo and Pastorius biographer Bill Milkowski. According to the press release, “The original six-song acetate is being expanded and reproduced for Record Store Day on CD and multi-colored LP with a download card for the entire CD program (to be released on the same day) as well as an insert with both essays and rare photos. The material was unearthed and restored in conjunction with the upcoming documentary Jaco (directed by Stephen Kijak and produced by Trujillo and John Battsek), the official Record Store Day film for 2014.”