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  • Jaco Pastorius & Word Of Mouth Big Band: “Three Views of a Secret” Live (1982)

    Jaco Pastorius & Word Of Mouth Big Band: “Three Views of a Secret” Live (1982)

    On this day in 1951, John Francis Anthony Pastorius III was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A short number of years later, the world of bass was forever changed. Today we celebrate with a composition I think is one of Jaco’s finest – if not the finest – of his incredible career: “Three Views of a... »

  • 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. Pre-ordering the film helps to make it a reality. Trujillo shared this update: “Hola everyone, thanks for checking out our... »

  • Warner Bros Releases Jaco Pastorius Anthology

    Warner Bros Releases Jaco Pastorius Anthology

    In 1981, Jaco Pastorius left Weather Report to pursue work with his Word of Mouth Big Band. He released his second solo effort, Word of Mouth under his new contract with Warner Bros. On December 1st of that year, Jaco celebrated his 30th birthday by hosting a party at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida club. He... »

  • Edmond Gilmore: Continuum

    Edmond Gilmore: Continuum

    Edmond Gilmore has spent lots of time studying the fantastic playing of Jaco Pastorius. We’ve featured his take on several Jaco songs, and now he’s back with a gorgeous version of “Continuum,” from the bass master’s self-titled album. Check it out: »

  • 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. In honor of the bass legend on the anniversary... »

  • “Jaco” Documentary to Get Sneak Peek at Mill Valley Film Festival

    “Jaco” Documentary to Get Sneak Peek at Mill Valley Film Festival

    We’ve been waiting for this. Robert Trujillo is hosting a “work-in-progress screening” of his Jaco documentary next month at the Mill Valley Film Festival. The film, which has been in production since 2012, is described as one capturing “the story of his restless, indestructible spirit” of Jaco Pastorius. The event is part of MVFF Artists... »

  • 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, which offers up some rare footage of... »

  • Bass Transcription: Michael League’s “Continuum”

    Bass Transcription: Michael League’s “Continuum”

    “Continuum” is one of the most well known songs for bass players, and I’d argue it is one of the greatest tunes on Jaco Pastorius’s self-titled debut album. (I’d also argue it is one of the best albums, ever). It is difficult to cover any Jaco song, and especially one with his signature fretless sound... »

  • 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... »