Sometimes, a group of musicians come together to create something so beautiful, so powerful, so locked in that it must be heard to be believed. That’s the case with Joni Mitchell’s Shadows and Light live album, an album that features Mitchell’s beautiful songwriting and singing alongside some of the best jazz musicians of the era. Recorded in 1979 at the Santa Barbara Bowl during Mitchell’s Mingus tour, the band featured guitar legend Pat Metheny, bass god Jaco Pastorius, and saxophonist extraordinaire Michael Brecker, with Don Alias and Lyle Mays holding down the drums and keys respectively.
The show features several of Mitchell’s classic songs like “Coyote” and “In France They Kiss on Main Street”, a cover of Charles Mingus’ “Goodby Pork Pie Hat”, and an appearance by a capalla group The Persuasions towards the end of the show. Jaco and Metheny both have featured solos, and their playing is truly impressive in showcasing the two jazz legends at the peak of their powers.
Watch the full video from this amazing performance below, courtesy of YouTube user Orlando Sanchez.