Volcano for Hire (5:24)

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“Volcano For Hire” was a popular tune in concert. Zawinul described Jaco’s playing on this tune to Bill Milkowski: “I have never seen another bass player have such stamina. He could play those 16th-note lines at super-fast tempos over and over and never slow down or stutter. We used to do this one tune called ‘Volcano For Hire,’ which is just burning 16th-notes, and every night would nail it. He was always on, always pushing the band. And that really kept all of us on our toes. Every band needs what I call a warhead—the driving force, the motor. And in this band, Jaco was the warhead.”

Joe Zawinul told (Keyboard Magazine) in 1984 that “Volcano For Hire” was hard for him to play live. “My right hand has to move together with Wayne’s playing and the left hand is the orchestra. The right hand is in a totally different aspect of time, so you have to somewhat divide your head.” Asked if one could learn that kind of technique just playing the piano, Zawinul responded, “I don’t think so, but I’ll tell you one thing: it’s made me a much better piano player.”

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