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Stuart Clayton: Giants of Bass – Jaco Pastorius
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Stuart Clayton: Giants of Bass – Jaco Pastorius

I’m always impressed with Stuart Clayton’s “Giants of Bass” video series. The companion to his books by the same name, Stuart breaks down the styles of various bassists with an original piece. Check out his piece, “A Portrait of Jaco”

Jaco Pastorius: Unpublished 1976 Interview Released
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Jaco Pastorius: Unpublished 1976 Interview Released

Reverb has shared a previously unpublished interview with Jaco Pastorius by Tony Bacon. The interview is incredible, focusing on Jaco’s debut album, how he learned to play the bass, his approach to composing and arranging, and more.

Jeff Berlin on Jaco Pastorius: Harmonics
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Jeff Berlin on Jaco Pastorius: Harmonics

In my younger years, Jaco Pastorius and Jeff Berlin were two of the titans of bass I looked up to. So it was super cool to spot this video by Jeff talking about Jaco’s use of harmonics. I remember watching Modern Electric Bass back in the ’80s. Jerry Jemmott asked Jaco how he came to use harmonics in his playing....

Jaco Pastorius Big Band: Sophisticated Lady
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Jaco Pastorius Big Band: Sophisticated Lady

On this day in 1951, Jaco Pastorius was born. We’re celebrating with this clip from his big band performance in Tokyo on September 1, 1982, which features Jaco and Toots Thielemans on Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady.” Happy birthday, Jaco. We miss you.

Jaco Pastorius: 30 Years Later
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Jaco Pastorius: 30 Years Later

Today marks 30 years since Jaco Pastorius passed away. Though three decades have come and gone, his approach to the bass and singular voice on the instrument is still strongly felt. We remember him today with a collection of reader favorite videos and transcriptions from our archives

Unreleased Jaco Pastorius Live Album Coming Soon
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Unreleased Jaco Pastorius Live Album Coming Soon

A previously unreleased Jaco Pastorius live album has been unearthed and will be available to the public this spring. Truth, Liberty & Soul captures the entire performance featuring the bass legend’s Word of Mouth big band (along with harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans) from a 1982 recording for NPR’s “Jazz Alive!” program. “I think that this recording more than any other...

Unreleased Weather Report with Jaco Pastorius: “Young And Fine”, Live (1978)
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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 interesting thing about this particular...

Your Top 10 Bass Albums
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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 answer the question! Maybe I’ll...

Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’s Bass Line on Weather Report’s “Night Passage”
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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 very tight together. In this...

“The Bass Book” Published in Revised Third Edition
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“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 interviews with bass makers and...