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2014 Reader Favorites – #1: Jaco Pastorius

Editor’s Note: At the end of each year, we tally up all the article and video views on No Treble to come up with a list of top 10 most popular bassists. This is entirely based on readership, not on opinions, polls or anything else. Just having some fun.

Jaco Pastorius

If you’re a fan of Jaco Pastorius, 2014 was filled with great news. News of the film was steady throughout the year, Modern American Music… Period! The Criteria Sessions was released on Record Store Day, Warner Bros. released a new anthology, and we unearthed some great video and audio gems.

Robert Trujillo Talks Jaco Projects

Robert Trujillo Talks Jaco Projects

Metallica’s Robert Trujillo never met Jaco Pastorius, but like many bassists, Trujillo is a lifelong fan. Trujillo’s ties to Jaco have been growing over the last four years, starting with obtaining Jaco’s famed Bass of Doom back in 2010. Trujillo talked to NPR about all of his projects surrounding Jaco…

Jaco Pastorius: “Domingo” Isolated Bass

Jaco Pastorius: “Domingo” Isolated Bass

We closed out Isolated Bass Week 4 with our first ever isolated bass entry by the one and only Jaco Pastorius. This isolated bass track of “Domingo” came from The Birthday Concert recording session…

Jaco Pastorius: 1976 Montreux Solo

Jaco Pastorius: 1976 Montreux Solo

Shortly after Jaco Pastorius joined Weather Report, the band performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The date was July 8, 1976. During that performance, Jaco performed a solo piece which included “Portrait of Tracy”. He was just 24 years old at the time of this performance…

Joni Mitchell & Jaco Pastorius: “Shadows & Light” Rare Live Recording

Joni Mitchell & Jaco Pastorius: “Shadows & Light” Rare Live Recording

On November 20, 1976, Joni Mitchell performed a benefit concert with Jaco Pastorius and conga player Bobbye Hall for a “Save the Whales” organization in Sacramento, CA. Here’s the trio’s performance of “Shadows & Light” from that show. This version takes on a very different vibe than other more well-known recordings of the tune…

Jaco Pastorius: Rare Live Footage with Brian Melvin (1986)

Jaco Pastorius: Rare Live Footage with Brian Melvin (1986)

While I knew Jaco Pastorius spent time in California with Brian Melvin, where they recorded some albums around 1986, I had no idea Melvin released a documentary about his time with Jaco until today. This clip comes from Brian Melvin’s Reflections: On Music & Friendship with Jaco Pastorius

Robert Trujillo’s “Jaco: The Film” Available for Pre-Order

Robert Trujillo’s “Jaco: The Film” Available for Pre-Order

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the Robert Trujillo produced film on Jaco Pastorius like we have, then here’s some good news. The film is now available for pre-order, via a crowdfunding campaign on Pledge Music…

Warner Bros Releases Jaco Pastorius Anthology

Warner Bros Releases Jaco Pastorius Anthology

In November, Warner Bros released Jaco Pastorius: Anthology – The Warner Bros. Years – a collection of remastered tracks from Jaco’s Warner albums, some guest appearances and a previously unreleased version of “Donna Lee”…

Jaco Pastorius Documentary and Unreleased Compilation to be Celebrated on Record Store Day

Jaco Pastorius Documentary and Unreleased Compilation to be Celebrated on Record Store Day

Jaco, the much anticipated documentary film about Jaco Pastorius is in the news once again. The film, produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and directed by Stephen Kijak and Paul Marchand has been selected as the Official Film of Record Store Day 2014…