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2015 Reader Favorites – #9: 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

One of the regulars here on the annual “Reader Favorites” list is Jaco Pastorius, and you’ll never get an argument from me.

This was a big year for Jaco fans, with the release of Robert Trujillo’s new film, JACO, the soundtrack, and some previously unreleased Weather Report material made available. Add to that some great videos, and Jaco makes the list once again.

“JACO” Documentary and Soundtrack Available

“JACO” Documentary and Soundtrack Available

JACO: The Film, has finally arrived. The Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo-produced film about groundbreaking electric bassist Jaco Pastorius is now available on DVD and Blu-ray and select streaming outlets. The soundtrack is available, too…

More “Jaco” Documentary Screenings Scheduled; Joni Mitchell Footage Added

More “Jaco” Documentary Screenings Scheduled; Joni Mitchell Footage Added

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo’s labor of love film about the late, legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius, Jaco – A Documentary Film, had two small-scale advance screenings this summer: Aug. 14 at the Frida Theater in Santa Ana, California and Aug. 16 at Arclight Cinema in Hollywood…

Jaco Pastorius: Third Stone from the Sun

Jaco Pastorius: Third Stone from the Sun

On December 1st, 1951, Jaco Pastorius – the man many of us consider the greatest bass player ever – was born. “We all say it: He’s our Hendrix,” Juan Alderete said in the recently released film, JACO. In honor of Jaco’s birthday, we revisit a classic solo from a 1978 Weather Report concert…

Joni Mitchell with Jaco Pastorius: Free Man in Paris

Joni Mitchell with Jaco Pastorius: Free Man in Paris

On September 21st, was remembered Jaco Pastorius by listening to the wealth of great music he gave us. Among our favorites is his collaborations with Joni Mitchell. In this clip from Shadows and Light, Jaco, Michael Brecker, Don Alias, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays kick Mitchell’s “Free Man in Paris” up several notches in this 1979 performance…

Unreleased Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius: “Scarlet Woman”, Live (1978)

Unreleased Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius: “Scarlet Woman”, Live (1978)

We have another video from the 1978 performances by Weather Report in Pennsylvania, thanks to Rick Suchow. This is “Scarlet Woman”, which features one of the greatest lineups ever: Jaco Pastorius, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and Peter Erskine…

“Jaco’s World” with Felix Pastorius, Robert Trujillo & Will Lee Live at Hollywood Bowl

“Jaco’s World” with Felix Pastorius, Robert Trujillo & Will Lee Live at Hollywood Bowl

On August 12th, an all-star lineup gathered at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate the music of Jaco Pastorius. The event also included clips from Robert Trujillo’s documentary on Jaco. Brian James was in the audience and captured some of the show for the rest of us to enjoy…

Unreleased Live Material from Weather Report’s Jaco Years Gets Release

Unreleased Live Material from Weather Report’s Jaco Years Gets Release

Jaco Pastorius and Weather Report fans got an early present this holiday season — Weather Report –The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981. The previously unreleased tapes, sourced from the jazz-rock-fusion band’s soundboard recordings and from bootleg recordings, are arranged so that they reflect key performances…