Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe

I was recently listening to the Joni Mitchell box set, The Studio Albums, 1968-1979, tuning in to her jazz period with bassist Jaco Pastorius. Specifically, the recordings, Hejira, Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter, Mingus and the live concert double LP, Shadows and Light which represents a lucrative jazz interval.

This created a strong desire for me to dig deeper into Joni’s extensive muse. I wanted to learn more what motivated her to transition from folk singer/songwriter to intricate jazz phrased poetry.

A new biography, Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe. provides many more revelations about that creative era.

Yaffe was granted extraordinary access to the famously standoffish Mitchell, as well as to many of her closest friends and collaborators, including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Joan Baez, David Crosby, Judy Collins, and the late Leonard Cohen. Making the most of his proximity, he pulls off the feat that has eluded so many of his predecessors: He forges an intimacy with Mitchell on her own, uncompromising terms by truly listening to her, as closely and as generously as she’s always deserved.

This is a book I can’t wait to savor. I’m appreciative of David Yaffe sharing the artistic wealth.

Jaco Pastorious – Truth, Liberty & Soul

Zev Feldman and Resonance Records continually restore my faith that buried treasure awaits discovery for avid collectors of the great music of the past.

Their latest find is JACO PASTORIUS’ TRUTH, LIBERTY & SOUL — LIVE IN NYC: THE COMPLETE 1982 NPR JAZZ ALIVE! RECORDING. 

Previously unreleased live album by electric bass genius Jaco Pastorius and the

Word of Mouth Big Band featuring special guest, harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans
Recorded at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC on June 27, 1982, as part of George Wein’s Kool Jazz Festival

First official release authorized by the Jaco Pastorius Estate,  Warner Music Group and NPR Music of the entire concert from start to finish, including over 40 minutes of material
not aired on the original NPR Jazz Alive! broadcast

Includes a massive 100-Page book full of rare photos and essays by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, producer Zev Feldman, Jaco Pastorius authority Bill Milkowski, original recording engineer Paul Blakemore; plus interviews with Jaco’’s son John Pastorius, musicians Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker and more.

Deluxe limited edition 3-LP boxed set available for Record Store Day on April 22, 2017, & deluxe 2-CD set and digital editions available May 26, 2017.

Track Listing:

Disc One

1. Invitation (13:04)
2. Soul Intro/The Chicken (9:10)
3. Donna Lee (13:18)
4. Three Views to a Secret (6:38)
5. Liberty City (10:10)
6. Sophisticated Lady (7:43)
7. Bluesette (5:31)

Disc Two

1. I Shot the Sheriff (6:55)
2. Okonkolé y Trompa (15:07)
3. Reza/Giant Steps (Medley) (10:19)
4. Mr. Fonebone (10:37)
5. Bass and Drum Improvisation (14:05)
6. Twins (2:53)
7. Fannie Mae (5:55)

Zev Feldman, Jazz EthnoMusicologist

Zev Feldman is the  jazz ethnomusicologist. His innate discovery  sense is equal to Alan Lomax in folk music circles and Chris Strachwitz with the blues idiom. Zev is a consummate journeyman who secures unreleased jazz treasures for Resonance Records. His jazz subject matter authority role is validated by  the Stereophile November 2016 article, “Finding Neverland, Zev Feldman Becomes the Most Famous Sleuth in Jazz”.

Resonance Records raised my collector consciousness by bringing us, John Coltrane’s “Offering: Live At Temple University” and Larry Young’s “In Paris: The ORTF Recordings”,  in addition to other jazz classics on the label. (Gain further insight via the Resonance sampler, “Various Artists – Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults: The New Lost Classics of Resonance Records, Volume 1” on Spotify or Apple Music).

Record Store Day 2017

Looking ahead to next Spring’s 2017 Record Store Day (RSD), Zev and Resonance will be issuing a Jaco Pastorius set of previously unreleased big-band recordings made in 1982.

Zev Feldman shared an exciting update on Facebook recently about the future Jaco recording.

On Friday I had the pleasure of interviewing Metallica’s famed bassist extraordinaire, Robert Trujillo. Robert’s been gracious to write liner notes for an upcoming Resonance Jaco Pastorius album I’m producing coming (just in time for the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day, next April 15, 2017). More to come but I’ll disclose we have an epic two-hour recording made of Jaco Pastorius in glorious 24-track audio from 1982. This will be an official release with the Pastorius family. Mr. Trujillo shared with us his personal connection to this iconic artist and he didn’t hold back. We’ll be creating a new video featuring Robert which will celebrate the new album. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to go to Netflix now and watch Trujillo’s documentary “Jaco.” It’s a great film and it’s an honor to work with this passionate, good guy. Stay tuned. More to come. Thanks to my colleagues Zak Shelby-Szysko and Fran Gala for all of their help. Extra special thanks to Michael Kurtz for introducing us.

I own Jaco, The World’s Greatest Bass Player the documentary that Zev mentions above. It is gripping and soulful in scope. My record collection features several Jaco RSD exclusives. I love the steps Zev Feldman is taking to cultivate a well-documented Jaco vinyl package for next years RSD release.

I am thankful for the attention to detail Zev Feldman exercises for jazz music lovers. He’s never stopped being a jazz music fan and his personal sacrifice is our delight. I see another Grammy Award Jazz Reissue in the future for you and Resonance Records Zev!

Jaco, “The World’s Greatest Bass Player”

Dear Robert Trujillo and everyone involved with the making of the documentary film Jaco, I want to thank you for such a beautiful, soulful experience.

 

For years I have tried unsuccessfully to assimilate the artistry of Jaco Pastorius. I realize now I was half-listening to his musical meaning. I wasn’t tuned in to what he was effectively communicating. It wasn’t until I saw Jaco’s life on-screen did I fathom the rich genius of his full spirit.

You can stare forever at a needle and thread but until it sews a tapestry before your eyes, only then can one appreciate how fine someone’s craftsmanship was meant to be.

I view Jaco’s bass playing evolution as that moving needle and thread. He sewed together important musical collaborations in the time he had with us. The film proved how integral Jaco was to Ian Hunter,  Weather Report and Joni Mitchell’s renaissance with jazz.

 

I have dug deeper into Jaco Pastorius’s discography this weekend. Wow, I think I finally get it.  I urge you to see Jaco and allow yourself to enter his continuum.

My Record Store Day Loot ;)

Record Store Day 2014 turned out to be a rewarding experience this year. I wasn’t sure where I was going to take part until Friday night. I was torn between Johnny’s in Darien, Ct. and Rough Trade Records in Brooklyn, NY. I had never been to Johnny’s for Record Store Day. I didn’t know how much product he would have available. I did know that Rough Trade Records advertised what they were selling yesterday online. I just didn’t relish a 90 minute ride (or more with NY area traffic).

Johnny’s

I decided to head to Johnny’s as it was closer (35 minutes away). It had been 25 years at least since I had last shopped in his store. I got to Darien at 8:00 a.m. I was the 18th person on line.

My son participated in Record Store Day 2014 in Paris, France. We texted each other while I stood on the sidewalk waiting 😉

 

By the time we paraded into the store at 9:00 a.m. there were 40 people lined up. The excitement was just beginning.

The line in the store snaked down and around to where the Record Store Day records were stacked. Johnny asked me what I was looking for and I told him, “Gil Scott-Heron, Nothing New”. He did not know of this title nor had he ordered it. I said, “It was a last-minute item from his record label.” I knew it was going to be rare as only 1,000 were distributed. I then told Johnny I will find something I am sure.

You had to exercise patience in the tight quarters as you waited your turn to pick through the bins on both sides of the store. I didn’t really get to scour every bin but I found several Record Store Day collectibles to buy. It turned out Johnny had a lot of Record Store Day product for sale.

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I ended up buying:

1) Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band, Say Goodbye To Hollywood/Baby Please Don’t GO, Format: 7″ Vinyl

2) The Velvet Underground, Loaded, Reissue on pink, black and white splatter 12″ Vinyl

 

3) Jaco PastoriusModern American Music…Period! (The Criteria Tapes), 12″ Vinyl

4)  Charles Lloyd, Live at Slugs, 12″ Vinyl

5) Norman Greenbaum, Spirit in the Sky, 12″ Vinyl

Music Box – Newport, RI

Rosemary and I spent Easter weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. We arrived there on Record Store Day evening. I went looking for Music Box on Thames Street. They were open until 10 pm so I went inside. The fury of Record Store Day morning had subsided by 5 p.m. The bins were well-organized and alphabetical no less.

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I got two more Record Store Day items:

6) Sun Ra, Outer Spaceware, 12″ Vinyl

7) David Bowie, 1984 picture disc, 7″ Vinyl

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