Invitation (Jaco Pastorius album)

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Jaco Pastorius - Invitation, album cover.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedDecember 1983
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerJaco Pastorius
Jaco Pastorius chronology
Word of Mouth
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars[3]

Invitation is the third album by Jaco Pastorius, released in 1983 while the bassist was a member of Weather Report. This is a live album recorded at various venues during a tour of Japan, featuring his "Word of Mouth" big band. While his debut album showcased his eclectic and impressive skills on the electric bass, both Invitation and his previous album, Word of Mouth focused more on his ability to arrange for a larger band.[1]

This album features mostly numbers written by other artists. The exceptions are new arrangements of "Continuum", from his debut album, and "Liberty City", from Word of Mouth, as well as "Reza", an original number bookending his version of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps".

The band's all-star cast included Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Toots Thielemans, Peter Erskine, Othello Molineaux and Don Alias.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Invitation" (Bronisław Kaper) – 6:57
  2. "Amerika" (Traditional) – 1:09
  3. "Soul Intro/The Chicken" (Jaco Pastorius/Pee Wee Ellis) – 6:49
  4. "Continuum" (Jaco Pastorius) – 4:28
  5. "Liberty City" (Jaco Pastorius) – 4:35
  6. "Sophisticated Lady" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish) – 5:17
  7. "Reza/Giant Steps/Reza (Reprise)" (Jaco Pastorius/John Coltrane) – 10:23
  8. "Fannie Mae" (Buster Brown, Clarence Lewis, Morgan Robinson) – 2:38
  9. "Eleven" (Miles Davis, Gil Evans) – 0:49


Also featuring:

  • Elmer Brown, Forrest Buchtel, Ron Tooley – trumpet
  • Jon Faddis – trumpet (solo on "Reza")
  • Wayne Andre – trombone
  • Dave Bargeron – trombone, tuba
  • Peter Graves – bass trombone, co–conductor
  • Bill Reichenbach – bass trombone
  • Mario Cruz – tenor and soprano saxophone, clarinet, alto flute
  • Randy Emerick – baritone saxophone, clarinet
  • Alex Foster – tenor, alto and soprano saxophone, clarinet, piccolo
  • Paul McCandless – tenor saxophone, oboe, English horn
  • Peter Gordon, Brad Warnaar – French horn

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott (2011). "Invitation - Jaco Pastorius | AllMusic". Retrieved 24 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 159. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1133. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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