Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Joni Mitchell is one of the greatest songwriters ever, right up there with Bob Dylan. Not only a great lyricist, but she was a fearless explorer of different musical genres, entering a jazz phase with 1976’s excellent Hejira. One thing that caught my attention on this album was the glorious bass playing of Jaco Pastorius, his fretless bass style blending perfectly with Mitchell’s tales of love, travel, and heartbreak. Larry Carlton provided some stellar lead guitar work on this album, too. The songs Coyote and Amelia are just superior, and in a catalog full of genius tunes, I feel this is one of Joni Mitchell’s finest hours.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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