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  • Unreleased Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius: “Young And Fine”, Live (1978)

    Unreleased Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius: “Young And Fine”, Live (1978)

    Just in time for Jaco Pastorius’s birthday today, Rick Suchow has shared another great video. This one, like others we’ve shared before, was recorded during Weather Report’s 1978 show in Reading, PA. The video was shot by Peter Erskine’s father, Dr. Fred Erskine and mixed with the audio feed from Brian Risner’s soundboard mix. “The... »

  • Your Top 10 Bass Albums

    Your Top 10 Bass Albums

    Q: I’m curious. What are your top 10 bass albums. What albums do you think everybody should hear? A: I hesitated to answer this because of the inherently subjective nature of the question. My top 10 albums are not likely to coincide with yours, but I ultimately decided that for that reason alone, I should... »

  • Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’s Bass Line on Weather Report’s “Night Passage”

    Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’s Bass Line on Weather Report’s “Night Passage”

    Today we will be tackling Jaco Pastorius’s bass line on the title track from Weather Report’s 1980 album, Night Passage. This is one of the best Weather Report albums. To me, it always sounds fresh and modern, like a timeless record. The group also includes drummer Peter Erskine and percussionist Robert Thomas Jr, who sound... »

  • “The Bass Book” Published in Revised Third Edition

    “The Bass Book” Published in Revised Third Edition

    A classic bass book is back in a revised edition. The Bass Book: A Complete Illustrated History of Bass Guitars, covers everything from the introduction of the electric bass guitar in the early 1950s up through today. Written by by music journalist Tony Bacon and UK bass retailer and distributor Barry Moorhouse, the book includes... »

  • New Book Offers Jaco “Ultimate Bass Lesson”

    New Book Offers Jaco “Ultimate Bass Lesson”

    Bass instructor and author Jon Liebman’s latest book teaches you how to play like one of the greats. In “Play Like Jaco Pastorius: The Ultimate Bass Lesson” Liebman examines and analyzes everything from Jaco’s technique and equipment to his licks and his “stylistic DNA,” according to one book description. Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, who produced... »

  • Jaco Pastorius Play-Along Book Published

    Jaco Pastorius Play-Along Book Published

    Jaco Pastorius revolutionized bass playing over the course of a tragically short life, which has been depicted in the acclaimed documentary, “JACO,” produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. Now, some of Jaco’s most famous bass lines (from his solo work, tenure in Weather Report, and on songs by Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock) are part... »

  • Jaco Pastorius Big Band Import CD Available

    Jaco Pastorius Big Band Import CD Available

    Jaco Pastorius’ music, as played in the past and closer to the present, are the focus of Now & Then, the two-CD import set from the Jaco Pastorius Big Band. The first disc of the Japanese import is the “Then” part of the package, featuring previously unreleased takes from Jaco’s 1981 “Birthday Concert.” The second... »

  • Jaco Pastorius: Musicians Institute Master Class

    Jaco Pastorius: Musicians Institute Master Class

    A little over a year ago, Musicians Institute discovered a video in their vault of Jaco Pastorius’s appearance during a master class, which took place in the mid-80’s. They recently posted the entire video, where Jaco fielded questions from students. “Despite the glitchy video, the bassist’s signature sound rings loud [and] clear as he unveils... »

  • 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... »