Rich Franks

For Our Friend

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This is a tribute to the late, great electric bassist Jaco Pastorius, a trio outing featuring two friends of Pastorius' (pianist Alex Darqui and drummer Rich Franks) with the virtuosic John Patitucci in Pastorius' place on bass. The music is wide-ranging, with versions of a pair of obscure Pastorius tunes, six songs from Darqui, and a pair of free improvisations ("Discussions 1" and "Discussions 2"). Style-wise the playing goes from hard bop and acoustic fusion to touches of the avant-garde. Patitucci's playing is magnificent as usual, Darqui deserves much greater recognition, and Franks is both stimulating and subtle in support. This small-label release is easily recommended.

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