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  • 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. And… »

  • Jaco Pastorius: “Domingo” Isolated Bass

    Jaco Pastorius: “Domingo” Isolated Bass

    We're closing 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. And who better than Peter Erskine to describe it: "On a whim, I asked mix engineer James Farber to run a… »

  • Jaco Pastorius and Bireli Lagrene: Teen Town Jam

    Jaco Pastorius and Bireli Lagrene: Teen Town Jam

    If you've listened to Live in Italy, with Jaco Pastorius, Bireli Lagrene and Tomas Böröcz, you've heard one killer version of Jaco's "Teen Town". Now you can see a video of the trio performing "Teen Town" (with some other tunes/jams thrown in) live in 1986. Thank goodness we're past the era of video tapes (and… »

  • 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. Stolen in 1986 and resurfaced in 2006, the bass was the subject of a long and… »

  • 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. The one day event takes place on April 19, 2014. “Record Store… »

  • 2013 Reader Favorite Bassists – #4: Jaco Pastorius

    2013 Reader Favorite Bassists – #4: Jaco Pastorius

    Photo credit: Joan Sorolla Thanks to the web, we're now able to see and hear recordings of Jaco Pastorius that otherwise would have remained in private collections or shared among traders as we did back in the day. And thanks to many of these videos we're able to share, Jaco routinely makes the top… »

  • Peter Erskine on Jaco Pastorius’ Stage Antics

    Peter Erskine on Jaco Pastorius’ Stage Antics

    In celebration of the 62nd birthday of Jaco Pastorius today, we decided to share this awesome video of drummer Peter Erskine reminiscing about his first live experience with Jaco and Weather Report. »

  • Will Lee: The Magic of Jaco

    Will Lee: The Magic of Jaco

    It is always interesting to hear one prolific musician speak about another prolific musician. Will Lee did just that, sharing his thoughts on Jaco Pastorius. From his home studio (dubbed "The Beatles Museum"), Will starts off by playing a fretless bass, points at it and says "Jaco invented this thing... it's amazing." The interview covers… »

  • Jaco Pastorius: Donna Lee, Live

    Jaco Pastorius: Donna Lee, Live

    September 21st is a sad day in the world of bass. Twenty-six years ago today, Jaco Pastorius passed away at the age of 35. I'm playing more Jaco music than usual today (if that's possible), and that has also included several videos. And then I stumbled upon this rarity: Jaco performing "Donna Lee" live in… »

  • Jaco Pastorius: “Chromatic Fantasy”, Live (1986)

    Jaco Pastorius: “Chromatic Fantasy”, Live (1986)

    When Kevin sent me this video, I was stunned... such a rare gem and an excellent closeup of Jaco Pastorius performing solo in 1986. This was during one of his gigs with drummer Brian Melvin. I don't recall many videos of Jaco performing "Chromatic Fantasy", but this one has to be among the best of… »