Word of Mouth (Jaco Pastorius album)

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Word of Mouth
Studio album by Jaco Pastorius
Released July 1981
Recorded 1980 –'81
Genre Jazz
Length 44:02
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Jaco Pastorius
Jaco Pastorius chronology
Jaco Pastorius
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[2]

Word of Mouth is the second album by Jaco Pastorius, released in 1981 while he was a member of Weather Report, and also the name of a big band that Pastorius assembled and with whom he toured from 1981 to 1983. While his debut album showcased his eclectic and impressive skills on electric bass, Word of Mouth focused more on his ability to compose and arrange for a larger band. The album still shows off Pastorius's skill, most notably in the solo opening to "Chromatic Fantasy" by J.S. Bach and the title track. "Crisis" also features a fast, bass pattern looping, which runs under the frantic soloing. Most of the rest of the album's bass is subdued and blends into the band's arrangement. The song "John and Mary" is dedicated to Jaco's children from his first marriage to Tracy; he had two other children, twin sons Julius and Felix with his second wife, Ingrid.

The band's all-star cast included Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, Don Alias and Toots Thielemans who is featured on harmonica on many of the songs. Early pressings of the album did not include a list of musicians, though later releases listed only the names of the performers in respective, unnamed groups (for example, the main band was the first block of names.) The reason[citation needed] that early pressings of the album had no personnel listed was because Epic/CBS disputed Pastorius's contract with Warner, and only agreed to the album being released if no other CBS artists on the album were credited - prompting Pastorius to dispense with the credits altogether.

The title of the album is the namesake for the Pastorius tribute album Word of Mouth Revisited.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jaco Pastorius except where noted.

  1. "Crisis" – 5:17*
  2. "Three Views of a Secret" – 6:05
  3. "Liberty City" – 11:57
  4. "Chromatic Fantasy" (Johann Sebastian Bach) – 3:01
  5. "Blackbird" (Lennon–McCartney) – 2:48
  6. "Word of Mouth" – 3:53**
  7. "John and Mary" – 10:52
  • For the original LP, Cassette and CD release, "Crisis" was 5:21. However, for reasons that are unclear, the current MP3 downloads cut the first three seconds of the improvisation. The 1981 Warner Brothers promo disc has the 5:17 listing for "Crisis."
    • "Word of Mouth" is listed as being 4:21 in the liner notes, as it begins with the feedback at the end of "Blackbird" and ends with the whispering and giggling at the start of "John and Mary".


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  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2011). "Word of Mouth - Jaco Pastorius | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 159. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 

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