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Anthology: The Warner Bros Years
Musical revolutionary Jaco Pastorius forever changed the way the bass guitar is played and viewed, giving what had been a background instrument a solo and orchestral spotlight. The new two-disc compilation ANTHOLOGY: THE WARNER BROS. YEARS draws largely from his three releases for the label – the 1981 studio set WORD OF MOUTH, live big band recording THE BIRTHDAY CONCERT and INVITATION, which was cut during a 1982 tour of Japan. Alongside boundary-pushing album selections, the set’s 22 songs include “Okonkole’ Y Trompa” from a Japanese-only release, Jaco’s guest performances on Airto Moreira's and Mike Stern’s albums, and an unreleased 1981 version of Charlie Parker’s bebop anthem “Donna Lee.” Jaco Pastorius was born on this day in 1951, and we'll remember the influential fretless-bassist with ANTHOLOGY: THE WARNER BROS. YEARS.