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  • 2015 Reader Favorites – #9: Jaco Pastorius

    2015 Reader Favorites – #9: 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... »

  • 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 today, we revisit a classic solo from a 1978 Weather Report concert, where... »

  • “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. The film can be downloaded on iTunes on Dec. 1. The soundtrack is available, too. Jaco’s influence on bass playing cannot be overstated. His work with Weather Report, solo, and... »

  • 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 have 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, rather than the band’s typical set lists of the era, which... »

  • Mass Mental Debuts Its Take on “Come On Come Over” From “Jaco” Soundtrack

    Mass Mental Debuts Its Take on “Come On Come Over” From “Jaco” Soundtrack

    Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo’s documentary about the late Jaco Pastorius, who revolutionized electric bass playing, before dying tragically at age 35, is almost here — the film and its soundtrack are set for a Nov. 27 release. The first single from the Jaco soundtrack is Trujillo side project Mass Mental’s version of “Come On Come... »

  • Jaco Documentary and Soundtrack Get November Release Date

    Jaco Documentary and Soundtrack Get November Release Date

    Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo’s documentary about legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius, “JACO,” has a release date — Nov. 27. The film will be available as video on demand, streaming, as a digital download, and on DVD/Blu-ray. The film’s soundtrack, Jaco: Original Soundtrack will be released on the same day, which is Record Store Day and Black... »

  • Joni Mitchell with Jaco Pastorius: Free Man in Paris

    Joni Mitchell with Jaco Pastorius: Free Man in Paris

    We’re remembering Jaco Pastorius today and 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.... »

  • “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. This clip starts off with Jaco’s son... »

  • 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, is getting 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, with a few other additional dates to be announced... »

  • 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. As we mentioned in the videos we’ve shared in the past from this show (“A Remark You... »