Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius



John Francis Anthony "Jaco" Pastorius III (/ˈɑːk pæsˈtɔːriəs/, December 1, 1951 – September 21, 1987) was an American jazz bassist who was a member of Weather Report from 1976 to 1981. He worked with Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, and recorded albums as a solo artist and band leader.[1] His bass playing employed funk, lyrical solos, bass chords, and innovative harmonics. He was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1988, one of only seven bassists so honored (and the only electric bass guitarist).



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Jaco Pastorius is the solo debut album by Jaco Pastorius, released in 1976.

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Jazz Library, Jaco Pastorius Music Played
  –  December 8, 2017
Composer: Pastorius, Metheny, Ditmas, Bley Performers: Jaco Pastorius, b; Pat Metheny,g; Bruce Ditmas, d; Paul Bley, kb. Recorded: 1974. Pastorius, Metheny, Ditmas, Bley. Improvising Artists. 123846-2. Composer: Pastorius / Herzog Performers: Jaco ...
The Year in Boxed Sets, From David Bowie to Weird Al
  –  December 21, 2017
GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO In the summer of 1982, Jaco Pastorius had just left Weather Report, and he was widely known as the best electric bassist in the world. He had a new large ensemble, the Word of Mouth Big Band (named after the 1981 Pastorius album that ...
The 2017 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll
  –  December 20, 2017
Bill Evans, Another Time: The Hilversum Concert (Resonance) 59 (28) 3. Jaco Pastorius, Truth, Liberty & Soul (Resonance) 47 (22) 4. Alice Coltrane, World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop ...
Watch Robert Glasper And Bilal At NPR Music's 10th Anniversary Concert
  –  December 20, 2017
The performance began with something like an invocation, as Hodge played a chiming and meditative elaboration on "Portrait of Tracy," a ballad by Jaco Pastorius. What came next was an unbilled guest: Bilal, the shape-shifting R&B vocalist who has known ...
The best reissues of 2017
  –  December 20, 2017
Many know about Jaco Pastorius' earthshattering talent on the electric bass; this never-before-available live set, recorded at Avery Fisher Hall, shows just how visionary he was as a bandleader and arranger. All these years later, his Word of Mouth band ...
Music Notes: It’s A Family Affair
  –  December 19, 2017
And there are a few times in there when I conjured up some Jaco (Pastorius). And even some of my own thing.” Did the Sidley boys feel any sort of pressure from their exceptionally talented parents during the recording process? “There wasn’t a lot of ...
The Best Jazz Albums of 2017
  –  December 15, 2017
The music is a thorough delight; the sound quality is you-are-there vivid. 5. Jaco Pastorius, Truth, Liberty & Soul (Resonance Records) I’ve never been a big fan of Jaco Pastorius, the charismatic, self-destructive jazz-rock bass guitarist who died in ...
The Mike Levine Jazz Sextet at Arts Garage Sunday
  –  December 14, 2017
Levine has enjoyed a variety of gigs and recordings from Mel Torme, The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Ed Calle, Michael Bolton, David Sanborn, Steve Oliver, Les DeMerle, Roberto Perrera, Billy Ross, Raul DiBlasio and John Secada to touring in Mexico ...
Holiday Village brings tree lighting to Oakland Park
  –  November 16, 2017
For the first time this year, the free fair starts with the city's annual tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 8 at Jaco Pastorius Park. The event runs through Dec. 10. "We're combining the tree lighting event. It's usually in front of City Hall. We're taking ...

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