Jaco Pastorius (1951 - 1987)
This part of my site, of course, is dedicated to "The Greatest Bass Player in the World" - the late: Jaco Pastorius !
On sunday the 21'th of September 1997 it was 10 years ago, that Jaco died under tragic circumstances. At this occasion I made a small self-produced "booklet" (in paper) about the man. Most of the stuff about Jaco was collected on Internet and therefore in english. Now I work on in cyberspace - on World Wide Web ... And here is several hours of reading, if you like !! Remember that it's "cheaper" to read the long texts off-line, and then re-connect to Internet afterwards without leaving my site !!
The quoted remark at the top of this page comes from Jaco himself (his first remark, when he met Zawinul !!) and "It ain't bragging if you can back it up ..." is another one.
Jaco was a genius as well as a madman - but this has been typical for many great personalities in the world history ... and Jaco was really one of them - revolutioning the bass-playing ! And maybe this fact was leading to his final emotional situation: it was simply too difficult to live up to. The expectations were VERY high all the time - and sometimes (at least in the end) they were almost impossible to deal with. From what I've read, this was a very big problem to Jaco ! He developed a kind of "megalomania" that was very hard to handle for him. Instead of just playing the (great) way he did, he sank down in depression, maybe because of the heavy expectations ... And what a shame it was ! The way he ended up, was really a disaster for a genius like Jaco ... You can only feel sorry and then hear the music he made. The music lives on - it will be there forever.
There were a lot of us, who in the end of the seventies and beginning of the eighties were stunned every time some new music from Jaco came to our ears. For me and my friends it started, when I first brought in the "Black Market" record of Weather Report. My friends first didn't accept it, because it didn't have any fancy guitar solos, but soon they were able to hear and enjoy all the solos and the playing of Zawinul, Shorter and definitely: Jaco Pastorius. I think it changed the life for many of us ...!
To all the fans in the world - this record must be a milestone. Jaco got into the recordings in the middle of it all because of Alphonso Johnson's "drop out" - and already on the next (amazing record) "Heavy weather" Jaco was credited as "co-producer". Joe Zawinul was was a hard but fair man. ("Folks should have the credit they deserve ...")
By the way I also dedicate this thing to three of these good friends, who were there, when we discovered this new kind of music.
Thank you for all of it ....!!
I'm still finding new stuff, pictures and links and adding this to my site about Jaco. I get e-mails from Jaco-fans from other countries telling new things and adding new adresses for sites. So have a good time reading my thing on "JACO" ...!
And then listen to Jaco's playing on Joni Mitchell's "Hejira" and "Shadows and light" - and Pat Metheny's first record "Bright size life" - and of course the records from Weather Report, especially "Heavy weather" ... Enjoy the pics and use the links listed on this website !!
Søren Noah, 2002