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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 a lot, including Will’s first experience hearing Jaco. At that stage of his career, Will was trying to play fewer notes. So when he heard a tape of Jaco, he wanted to stay away from it, for fear of that influencing him to keep playing “more”.

As Will describes it, he set out “to explain the magic of Jaco from a working bassists point of view” in this great interview.

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Stanley Clarke was the first one to open my eyes to a progressive jazz style… and oddly, Jeff Berlin followed, and then I discovered Weather Report and Jaco. Still my three favorite players.