Jaco Pastorius & C.C. Riders & Rice Pudding

A very young Jaco was nurturing some amazing chops while touring with Wayne Cochran and C.C. Riders (1972). Song by Charlie Brent.

I got this about half a year ago. It’s a fantastic album with a lot of varied stuff, and I highly recommend it, even with the suboptimal recording quality (almost none of it was professional). A lot still comes out with the sound, including some great live energy.

Weather Report & Speechless

From Weather Report (1982), the other self-titled album.

I just got this album at a used place. It doesn’t rate super high compared to most other Weather Report work, perhaps for good reason, but I had been looking for it and I’m liking it fine as car music. Joe Zawinul (keyboards), Jaco Pastorius (bass), Wayne Shorter (sax), Peter Erskine (drums), Robert Thomas Jr. (percussion). Plus points for the album on the whole: Peter Erskine’s drums, the layered moods and grooves, Jaco. Minus: Joe Zawinul’s synthesizer dominates on this album; it does not always age so well, especially on solos, and sometimes sounds thin and nasal.