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Jaco & Opus Pocus

“Opus Pocus” by Jaco Pastorius. This is a demo tape recording made in 1974 which is included on the posthumous album The Early Years Recordings (2006).

Don’t quote me on this, but I think the personnel is: Jaco Pastorius (electric bass), Herbie Hancock (keyboards), Othello Molineaux (steel drums), Leroy Williams (steel drums), Lenny White (drums), Don Alias (percussion).

7 responses to “Jaco & Opus Pocus

  1. Now that is a fun piece. How much patience did the steel drums player (assuming Othello Molineaux) have for such monotone beats. I imagine him having a rum and coke, tapping the drum with one hand until he put his drink down and threw in a little variety. 🙂

    • wdydfae

      Thanks, Fannie! You might enjoy the final version from Jaco’s first solo album, which has a lot more segments and is very interesting. Same personnel (as far as I can guess) but also Wayne Shorter on soprano sax. I think Jaco is pretty unique for integrating steel drums into jazz arrangements. It’s his Florida roots.

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