“His live version of The Chicken is on here, and that’s something everybody has played. There’s a reason for that, because it’s one of the most incredible live bass performances in the history of the instrument.
“What’s great about this record is its accessibility. Sometimes Jaco would do stuff that was hard to comprehend; the song Invitation has a solo that’s so obtuse – unless you’re a hardcore bop guy, you’re not going to have access to what’s going on there. But the whole Soul Intro and The Chicken, those are classic lines; they have so many licks that people have ripped off for years and years.
“Tive version of Liberty City is really beautiful. Continuum is fantastic. My favorite track is Reza, kind of an Afro-Cuban thing in 6/8. It takes up about 10 minutes of the second side of the album – there, I’m dating myself! [Laughs] It’s a long, meandering improv-oriented thing, with all sorts of cool, slightly ‘out’ stuff. At he end, he cranks up the distortion and goes crazy with this unison line that the whole Word Of Mouth big band is playing. It’s a great, great record.”