Florida's 14 Jazz Orchestra has been wowing them on South Beach since 2013. For its auspicious CD debut under the direction of arranger and conductor Dan Bonsanti, 'Nothing Hard Is Ever Easy' (Dabon Music) tackles a mélange of genres from gospel, rock and swing to soul, fusion and bebop.
'The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981' (Legacy Recordings) of Weather Report is over four hours of previously unreleased concert moments on four CDs. The classic lineup of Viennese keyboardist Joe Zawinal [1932-2007], saxophonist Wayne Shorter, bassist Jaco Pastorius [1951-1987] and drummer Peter Erskine is joined by Robert Thomas, Jr. on hand drums for some magical concert moments.
Sweet. Bass guitar virtuoso Jaco Pastorius will be the focus of Stephen Kijak's new documentary. The film will be the official selection of this year's Record Store Day, and Omnivore Records--on a separate note--will release a collection of found sessions by the bassist from 1976.