jaco pastorius was one of the most influential bass players and musicians in the modern age... he ripped the frets out of his 1962 fender jazz bass (a stunt that would make any vintage collector cringe in agony!), slathered boat epoxy on the fingerboard and singlehandedly made the more melodic, warmer, fretless bass sound a staple of the entire music industry across all genres! we ALL wanted to sound like jaco!!

he did amazingly brilliant music as a player, a composer and co-producer with the jazz group weather report, his own solo projects, several records with joni mitchell (youtube her "shadows and light" concert) as well as appearing on countless other artists' records, and brought a rocker's stage presence to a jazz audience...

tragically, he succumbed to the rigors of fame and his alcohol and drug use became as legendary as his music... he was literally driven to madness and severe depression by the sheer number of players that stole his signature sound... at one point he was sleeping in alleys in NYC, destitute and piss soaked, the record companies wanting nothing to do with the liability of dealing with him any longer... heartbreakingly, he was beaten into a coma by a bouncer outside of a florida night club and never recovered... john francis anthony pastorius III died september the 21st, 1987 at the age of 36 leaving behind a legacy that every bass player today can attest to...

this, my first smainting, is taken from a still in a youtube video where he ended his solo by placing his bass on the stage, pulling off a shimmering series of ringing harmonics that sustained as he exited the spotlight, the audience cheering, only to reappear literally flying out of the shadows and landing directly on the bass!! the crowd went NUTS!! (another stunt to make the collectors cringe!!) hahaha!!

i speak for bassists everywhere when i say "we love you and miss you, you freekin' lunatic!"

FleurPanda Blishwick thank you, thank you, THANK you for the feature!!

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