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Jaco Pastorius: 1979 Solo Performance of “Continuum”

We discovered this rare Jaco Pastorius video thanks to Ingrid Pastorius sharing it with us on Facebook recently.

This video was recorded at the Berliner Jazz Stage, live in 1979. Ingrid sets up the video with some pretty cool insider knowledge:

“…that day Jaco met Toots for the first time, had a backstage conversation with Chick about fame, was the first bass soloist to perform, and used Joni’s wireless amplification, which she used during her [Shadows & Light] tour. The last part of the video he plays along to Alan Hovhaness’ ‘Mysterious Mountain’, a very important tune for him at that time.”

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Bruno Migliari

How come this never ended up on any of the Weather Report or Jaco Pastorius DVDs available out there? Such an interesting and very revealing performance! It's so nice to hear him play on his heyday. Thanks so much for posting this.

Sigurdór

I've had this on video for few years. Very nice.

crusty

crusty

There are some people who come along and change things forever. Like Hendrix with the guitar, people approached the bass differently after Jaco. And of all those players since who have adopted what he did, who does as well ? He was frustrated with the (lack of) adoption/acceptance of his music, as well as how much of it remained inside him that never got to master, and he certainly a sad life at the end, but there’s no question he was a giant who impact will be long-lasting.

crusty

crusty

There are some people who come along and change things forever. Like Hendrix with the guitar, people approached the bass differently after Jaco. And of all those players since who have adopted what he did, who does it as well ? He was frustrated with the (lack of) adoption/acceptance of his music, as well as how much of it remained inside him that never got to master, and he certainly had a sad life at the end, but there’s no question he was a giant who impact will be long-lasting.