When Jaco Pastorius’ solo debut appeared in 1976, a new standard in both jazz and the electric bass guitar was born. Many of the tracks on that eponymous album had their genesis two years earlier when a 22-year-old Pastorius and friends used after-hours time at Criteria Studios to work out songs and jam. Eventually, six of those session tracks were pulled to an acetate. Many of the songs would later find their way onto Jaco’s self-titled debut, but some remained unreleased until now.
If only every day could be like Record Store Day. On a mid-April Saturday, the hearty breed of surviving disc emporiums teem with music fans and crate diggers — all hoping to get their hands on the many limited-edition vinyl records issued by the labels. Omnivore Recordings will contribute four titles to the Record Store Day mix: Hank Williams’ The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 — Extended Play (eight-song EP on brown vinyl), Jaco Pastorius’ Modern American Music . . . Period!