JACO PASTORIUS

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John Francis Anthony "Jaco" Pastorius III (1951–1987) was a U.S. jazz musician and composer widely acknowledged for his skills as an electric bass player, as well as his command of varied musical styles including jazz, jazz fusion, funk, and jazz-funk.

His playing style was noteworthy for containing intricate solos in the higher register. His innovations also included the use of harmonics and the "singing" quality of his melodies on fretless bass. He was inducted into Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1988, one of only four bassists to be so honoued (the others being Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton, and Ray Brown), and the only electric bassist to receive this distinction.

Jaco was born on 1st December 1951 in Norristown, Pennsylvania to John Francis Pastorius II and Stephanie Katherine Haapala Pastorius, the first of their three children. Pastorius was of Finnish, German, and Irish ancestry.

Pastorius formed his first band
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JACO PASTORIUS Jaco Pastorius / Pat Metheny / Bruce Ditmas / Paul Bley (aka Jaco) album cover 4.00 | 5 ratings
Jaco Pastorius / Pat Metheny / Bruce Ditmas / Paul Bley (aka Jaco)
Fusion 1974
JACO PASTORIUS Jaco Pastorius album cover 3.84 | 16 ratings
Jaco Pastorius
Fusion 1976
JACO PASTORIUS Word of Mouth album cover 3.88 | 8 ratings
Word of Mouth
Fusion 1981
JACO PASTORIUS Stuttgart Aria (with Bireli Lagrene) album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Stuttgart Aria (with Bireli Lagrene)
Fusion 1986
JACO PASTORIUS Jazz Street (with Brian Melvin) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Jazz Street (with Brian Melvin)
Fusion 1989
JACO PASTORIUS Holiday for Pans album cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Holiday for Pans
Fusion 1993
JACO PASTORIUS Golden Roads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Golden Roads
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1997
JACO PASTORIUS Modern American Music . . . Period! The Criteria Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Modern American Music . . . Period! The Criteria Sessions
Fusion 2014
JACO PASTORIUS Jaco: Original Soundtrack album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jaco: Original Soundtrack
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2015

JACO PASTORIUS EPs & splits

JACO PASTORIUS live albums

JACO PASTORIUS Twins I album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Twins I
Fusion 1982
JACO PASTORIUS Twins II: Aurex Jazz Festival '82 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Twins II: Aurex Jazz Festival '82
Fusion 1982
JACO PASTORIUS Jaco Pastorius Live With the Word of Mouth Big Band album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jaco Pastorius Live With the Word of Mouth Big Band
Fusion 1982
JACO PASTORIUS Invitation album cover 3.83 | 6 ratings
Invitation
Fusion 1983
JACO PASTORIUS PDB (with Kenwood Dennard · Hiram Bullock ) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
PDB (with Kenwood Dennard · Hiram Bullock )
Fusion 1989
JACO PASTORIUS Live in New York City, Volume One: Punk Jazz album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Live in New York City, Volume One: Punk Jazz
Fusion 1990
JACO PASTORIUS Blackbird (with Rashid Ali) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blackbird (with Rashid Ali)
Fusion 1991
JACO PASTORIUS Live in Italy (1986) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Italy (1986)
Fusion 1991
JACO PASTORIUS Solo Honestly Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solo Honestly Live
Fusion 1991
JACO PASTORIUS Live in New York City Volume Two: Trio album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Live in New York City Volume Two: Trio
Fusion 1991
JACO PASTORIUS Live in New York City, Volume Three: Promised Land album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in New York City, Volume Three: Promised Land
Fusion 1991
JACO PASTORIUS Heavy 'n Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heavy 'n Jazz
Fusion 1992
JACO PASTORIUS Live In New York City, Vol. 4: Trio 2 album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Live In New York City, Vol. 4: Trio 2
Fusion 1992
JACO PASTORIUS In New York album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
In New York
Fusion 1993
JACO PASTORIUS Live in New York City, Volume 5: Raca album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in New York City, Volume 5: Raca
Fusion 1993
JACO PASTORIUS The Birthday Concert album cover 3.31 | 4 ratings
The Birthday Concert
Fusion 1995
JACO PASTORIUS Curtain Call album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Curtain Call
Fusion 1996
JACO PASTORIUS Live in New York City, Volume 6: Punk Jazz album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Live in New York City, Volume 6: Punk Jazz
Fusion 1999
JACO PASTORIUS Broadway Blues & Teresa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Broadway Blues & Teresa
Fusion 1999
JACO PASTORIUS Live in New York City, Vol. 7: History album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in New York City, Vol. 7: History
Fusion 1999
JACO PASTORIUS Word of Mouth Revisited album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Word of Mouth Revisited
Fusion 2003
JACO PASTORIUS Donna Lee  - Live At Budokan'82 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Donna Lee - Live At Budokan'82
Fusion 2004
JACO PASTORIUS The Word Is Out! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Word Is Out!
Fusion 2006
JACO PASTORIUS Smoke on the Water: Live in Rome, 1986 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Smoke on the Water: Live in Rome, 1986
Fusion 2007
JACO PASTORIUS The Florida Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Florida Concert
Fusion 2008
JACO PASTORIUS Live In Cannes, France, 19 December 1984 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Cannes, France, 19 December 1984
Fusion 2011
JACO PASTORIUS Last Live 1986 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Last Live 1986
Fusion 2014
JACO PASTORIUS Truth, Liberty & Soul - Live in NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recording album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Truth, Liberty & Soul - Live in NYC: The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recording
Fusion 2017
JACO PASTORIUS Workshop a la Martinique / Concert de Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Workshop a la Martinique / Concert de Jazz
Post Bop 2017
JACO PASTORIUS Jaco Pastorius Band : Tokyo 83 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jaco Pastorius Band : Tokyo 83
Fusion 2020
JACO PASTORIUS Live 1985 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live 1985
Fusion 2020

JACO PASTORIUS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

JACO PASTORIUS re-issues & compilations

JACO PASTORIUS Twins I & II: Jaco Pastorius Big Band - Live in Japan 1982 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Twins I & II: Jaco Pastorius Big Band - Live in Japan 1982
Fusion 1992
JACO PASTORIUS Jams- Rare Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jams- Rare Collection
Fusion 2001
JACO PASTORIUS Punk Jazz: The Jaco Pastorius Anthology album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Punk Jazz: The Jaco Pastorius Anthology
Fusion 2003
JACO PASTORIUS Portrait of Jaco: The Early Years album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Portrait of Jaco: The Early Years
Fusion 2003
JACO PASTORIUS The Essential Jaco Pastorius album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
The Essential Jaco Pastorius
Fusion 2007
JACO PASTORIUS Jaco Pastorius Works Selected By Baijaku Nakamura album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jaco Pastorius Works Selected By Baijaku Nakamura
Fusion 2019
JACO PASTORIUS Aurex Jazz Festival in Tokyo 1982 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aurex Jazz Festival in Tokyo 1982
Big Band 2020

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Jaco
Fusion 2015

JACO PASTORIUS Reviews

JACO PASTORIUS Jaco Pastorius

Album · 1976 · Fusion
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Jaco Pastorius' debut album certainly got a lot of attention in the jazz world. In 1976 there wasn't a bass player alive who had not heard, and consequently had not been blown away by Jaco's version of 'Donna Lee' that opens this album. When it came out, this album was revolutionary in the world of bass playing, and most bassists probably still consider it a five star album to this day, but how does it sound to us regular folks. Jaco certainly goes for the eclectic approach on this album, touching on RnB, neo-classical, be-bop, world beat, ambient and a few styles of his own invention. Probably the nicest cuts on the album feature Herbie Hancock and a string ensemble playing some sophisticated Jaco compositions that are a third stream cross between jazz and 20th century neo-classical. My other favorites include two semi-ambient pieces that feature Jaco playing the bass as if it were a tuned percussion instrument.

The rest of the album consists of a couple of upbeat world-jazz numbers that show what direction Jaco would be taking Weather Report to, an outdated shot at commercial RnB with Sam n Dave, and a couple of solo straight ahead jazz numbers that highlight Pastorius's obvious skills on the bass.

Once upon a time this album was 'the shot heard round the world' for bass players, it still is highly influential and contains some nice sophisticated music for us non-bassists as well.

JACO PASTORIUS The Birthday Concert

Live album · 1995 · Fusion
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SaltyJon
This was my second Jaco album. As a bassist, I felt compelled to check out his self-titled album, and of course I fell in love with it (and still love it dearly to this day). This one is another fun slice of music, though not everything on this live disc is up to the same standards. Things get off to an excellently groovy start, with Soul Intro/The Chicken. Jaco was such a groovy bassist, and this song shows off just how well he could sit in the pocket and have fun with it. So right out of the gates it really drew me in. The version of Continuum here isn't all that great though. Invitation has some good parts and some bad, but overall I think it's a bit stretched out. The album has more ups and downs, and some of it seems to come across as nothing much more than typical big band jazzy stuff. Not a bad thing, but not exactly what I was expecting from Jaco. Liberty City, Reza and Domingo are some other favorites of mine from this album.

For fans of Jaco, this one's a pretty safe bet. For anyone else, I'd say it's good if you like this style of music, so I'll give it a healthy 3 stars. The good songs are great, but some of the material just isn't quite up to par with the rest.

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