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Jaco Pastorius was a meteor who blazed to the picture in the 1970s, and then fire out tragically within the 1980s. Having a brilliantly fleet technique and fertile melodic creativity, Pastorius produced his fretless electrical bass leap right out of the depths from the tempo section in to the front side line with liquid machine-gun-like passages that demanded interest. He also sported a strutting, dance, flamboyant performing design and posed an additional triple-threat like a talented composer, arranger and maker. He and Stanley Clarke had been the towering affects on their device in the 1970s. Blessed in Pa, Pastorius was raised in Fort Lauderdale, where he used going to R&B and pop serves while still an adolescent and constructed a popularity as an area legend. Everything began to get together for him quickly once he began using another first year fusionmeister, Pat Metheny, around 1974. By 1976, he previously been invited to become listed on Weather Survey, where he continued to be until 1981, steadily learning to be a third business lead voice alongside Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter. Outdoors Weather Survey, he discovered himself in continuous demand being a sessionman and manufacturer, playing on Joni Mitchell, Bloodstream Perspiration and Tears, Paul Bley, Bireli Lagrene and Ira Sullivan albums — and his initial eponymous solo record for Epic in 1976 was hailed as a tour de drive. From 1980 to 1984, he toured and documented with his very own music group, the innovative Person to person that fluctuated in proportions from a big combo to some big music group. Alas, Pastorius became overwhelmed by mental complications, exacerbated by alcohol and drugs in the middle-’80s, resulting in several embarrassing open public situations (one was a violent crack-up on-stage on the Hollywood Dish in mid-set on the 1984 Playboy Jazz Celebration). Such shows produced him a pariah within the music business and toward the finish of his lifestyle, he had turn into a road person, apparently sighted in drug-infested inner-city hangouts. He passed away in 1987 from a physical defeating sustained while aiming to break right into the Midnight Membership in Fort Lauderdale. Nearly totally forgotten during his loss of life, Pastorius was instantly canonized afterward (Marcus Miller composed the tune “Mr. Pastorius” in his honor, as possess many others over time). Since Pastorius’ loss of life, there were many posthumously released albums offering previously unheard live and studio room recordings. In 2015, the bassist was also the main topic of the documentary film Jaco, made by bassist Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Metallica) and Pastorius’ oldest boy John Pastorius IV.

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Full Name Jaco Pastorius
Died September 21, 1987, Wilton Manors, Florida, United States
Profession Bassist, Teacher, Professor, Composer, Music Producer, Songwriter
Education Northeast High School
Nationality American
Spouse Ingrid Horn-Müller, Tracy Lee
Children Mary Pastorius, Julius Pastorius, Felix Pastorius
Parents Jack Pastorius, Stephanie Katherine Haapala Pastorius
Siblings Gregory Pastorius
Music Groups Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Blood, Sweat & Tears
Music Songs Soul Intro / The Chicken, Portrait of Tracy, Come On, Come Over, Donna Lee, Three Views of a Secret, Okonkole y Trompa, Opus Pocus, Kuru / Speak Like a Child, Cha-Cha, Chromatic Fantasy, Liberty City, Havona, Forgotten Love, River People, Sophisticated Lady, Bass Solo, Blackbird, John and Mary, Continuum, Jazz Street, Punk Jazz, Jaco Reggae, Barbary Coast, Dolphin Dance, I Can Dig It Baby, Broadway Blues, Crisis, Elegant People, I Shot the Sheriff, Fannie Mae, Balloon Song, Wiggle Waggle
Albums Word of Mouth, Heavy Weather, The Birthday Concert, Jaco Pastorius, Invitation, 8:30, Truth, Liberty & Soul - Live In NYC. The Complete 1982 NPR Jazz Alive! Recordings, Heavy'n Jazz, Jaco, Live in Italy, Stuttgart Aria, Holiday for Pans, Punk Jazz: The Jaco Pastorius Anthology, The Essential Jaco Pastorius, Portrait of Jaco: The Early Years, 1968–1978, Rare Collection, Twins II, Brian Melvin's Night Food (feat. Jaco Pastorius), Honestly Live - Solo, Jazz Street, The Birthday Concert (Live at Mr. Pip's, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 12/1/81), In New York (Recorded Live November 1985), Live in Japan 1983 - Remastered, Twins Live In Japan 1982, Smoke on the Water: Live in Rome, 1986, The Florida Concert (Live) [feat. Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Othello Molineaux, Peter Erskine], Guitar & Bass
Movies Jaco, Shadows and Light, Weather Report: Live at Montreux 1976

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Shadows and Light 1980 Video documentary performer: "Jaco's Solo" / writer: "Jaco's Solo"



Shadows and Light 1980 Video documentary



Shadows and Light 1980 Video documentary Himself - bass

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Jaco 2015 Documentary Himself
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself

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