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From the Bottom: Jaco Pastorius “Solo” on “Midwestern Nights Dream”
From the Bottom

From the Bottom: Jaco Pastorius “Solo” on “Midwestern Nights Dream”

In this episode of “From the Bottom,” Paul Thompson digs into one of his favorite and lesser-known Jaco Pastorius solos. This one focuses on “Midwestern Nights Dream” from Pat Metheny’s 1975 album, “Bright Size Life.”

Weather Report: Jaco Pastorius’s Isolated Bass on “Teen Town”
Bass Videos

Weather Report: Jaco Pastorius’s Isolated Bass on “Teen Town”

We can never get enough of Jaco Pastorius. In this isolated bass clip, Jaco plays this classic with a bit of his drumming in the mix. You can really hear that fretless growl!

Weather Report: The Pursuit Of The Woman With The Feathered Hat (Live at Lisner – 1978)
Bass Videos

Weather Report: The Pursuit Of The Woman With The Feathered Hat (Live at Lisner – 1978)

We can always count on Rick Suchow to unearth some true gems. Here’s one he just shared of Weather Report (with Jaco Pastorius) performing “The Pursuit Of The Woman With The Feathered Hat” in 1978.

Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’ “Jam In E”
Transcriptions

Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’ “Jam In E”

Today, Alex Lofoco is paying homage to the legendary Jaco Pastorius and the “Modern Electric Bass” educational video. Check out Alex’s transcription and analysis of Jaco’s “Jam In E”.

2021 Reader Favorite Bassists – #5: Jaco Pastorius
2021 Reader Favorites

2021 Reader Favorite Bassists – #5: Jaco Pastorius

The impact of Jaco Pastorius on the bass playing community is still strong, and in 2021, we had some special articles to share featuring him. As a result, Jaco returns to the Reader Favorite Bassists, at the #5 spot.

Jaco Pastorius Quintet: “Three Views Of A Secret” Featuring Michael Brecker (Rare Live ’81)
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Jaco Pastorius Quintet: “Three Views Of A Secret” Featuring Michael Brecker (Rare Live ’81)

Seventy years ago today, Jaco Pastorius was born. And today, thanks to Rick Suchow, we have something special to check out: A live recording of “Three Views Of A Secret”, featuring Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine, and others.

Jaco Pastorius Quintet: Donna Lee (1981)
Bass Videos

Jaco Pastorius Quintet: Donna Lee (1981)

Here’s a live, rare, and unreleased clip of the Jaco Pastorius Quintet (with Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, and Don Alias) performing “Donna Lee” in 1981. Thanks to Rick Suchow for recording/sharing this one!

Jaco Pastorius: The Lost Tapes Documentary
Bass Videos

Jaco Pastorius: The Lost Tapes Documentary

A group of people who go by “realcut” on Youtube released a “fan-film” documentary entitled, “Jaco Pastorius: The Lost Tapes”. Some of it includes footage they compiled from other sources while including some of their own interviews throughout.

Weather Report: “Birdland” Live in 1980 (Remastered)
Bass Videos

Weather Report: “Birdland” Live in 1980 (Remastered)

I stumbled upon a newly remastered version of Weather Report’s live performance in Belgrade on October 31, 1980. Jaco Pastorius is on fretted bass on this one, with the band tearing through “Birdland”, with Jaco’s “Liberty City” in the mix.

Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’s Solo on “All American Alien Boy”
Transcriptions

Bass Transcription: Jaco Pastorius’s Solo on “All American Alien Boy”

Please help us welcome our newest contributor, Alex Lofoco! Alex’s first entry offers up a great analysis and transcription of Jaco Pastorius's bass solo on Ian Hunter’s “All American Alien Boy”.

Alex Lofoco Publishes “Contemporary Electric Bass: Jaco Pastorius”
Sheet Music & Instruction

Alex Lofoco Publishes “Contemporary Electric Bass: Jaco Pastorius”

Today is Jaco Pastorius’ birthday, so it is fitting that Alex Lofoco has a new volume of his instructional book series releasing today. “Contemporary Bass Guitar: Jaco Pastorius” is an in-depth analysis of Jaco’s “Modern Electric Bass” video.

Weather Report: Black Market (Live at Montreux 1976)
Bass Videos

Weather Report: Black Market (Live at Montreux 1976)

Weather Report’s “Black Market” was my introduction to the band. It was also my introduction to Jaco Pastorius and Alphonso Johnson. I’ve seen this video many times, but we’ve never shared it here: their live performance of “Black Market” at Montreux.