Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Rafterman, Oct 30, 2001.

  1. anyone heard the song Mercy, Mercy, Mercy by Jaco Pastorius?...i know Buddy Rich did it too!

    but the way Jaco did it was so groovin and sweet!

    great bass solo in it...very tasteful
  2. I recently downloaded it. Fantastic. But then, every Jaco solo is fantastic.
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    It's a Joe Zawinul song that he wrote while in Cannonball Adderley's Jazz Quintet in 1966. It has become something of a Jazz "standard" - I've played it quite a few times in Jazz workshops or Jams. Slightly odd "form" but nothing difficult.
  4. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Quite an odd form. Great song though. I truly didn't know that Jaco did it.

    I suggest the version with Zawinul and both Adderlys.
  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...even '70s Pop-sters The Buckinghams("Kind Of Drag", "Don't You Care", etc) covered "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"(definitely an example of what is known as 'Soul Jazz'...a sub-genre of Hard Bop).

    Jaco was into all that sorta R&B stuff...I imagine he covered this tune on one of the Live In NYC discs.
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Yes, I've got an album called "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" which is definitely going for a Soul vibe and although it was a studio project it has a very audible and appreciative audience. I guess this was the Jazzers trying to make their music popular/accessible to an audience that was changing in the 60s.

    I mean the Adderleys are definitely Hard Bop, but then Joe Zawinul with electric piano is like a concession to what was happening in popular music; but I suppose they weren't entirely successful in the end, as Jazz in this style diappeared from public view and by about 1970 Zawinul was into full-on Fusion.

    If you look at the catalogues - the Adderleys seem to have been doing very well right up to '66 and then - nothing - there are no albums from either of them until 73/74 ??