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  • 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... »

  • 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... »