There are few people I can think of who come close to the sheer/unadulterated musical genius, skill and chops of Jaco Pastorius – the nearest that comes to mind is the late John Entwistle, the bass player extraordinaire for The Who. But Entwistle was firmly entrenched in the rock world and Jaco Pastorius was clearly from a different, more fluid musical realm. The argument could be made that he is one of the founding fathers of what became “jazz fusion” in the 1970’s – the melding of jazz, rock and soul/funk to create a groove of its own. This brilliant documentary is a labor of love from Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo who co-produced it along with John Battsek; it was directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak, and through the help of crowd funding, tells the story of the celebrated but tragic bass-master/legend in straightforward detail, memories and footage through family, friends and fellow players. Among the giant names interviewed are Bootsy Collins, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, Flea and Wayne Shorter; two of Jaco’s …
P-Funk. Uncut funk. The bomb. We can’t have a best albums of the ’70s list without ’em.
Not a fan of Chicago? You may change your mind after hearing these ten tracks.
If you had to pick only 10 albums from the entire history of jazz with which to start a collection, these would be great choices.
Missing the Popdose Guides? You’ll be pleased to make the acquaintance of Anthony Hansen, who makes his debut with the Popdose Guide to Todd Rundgren’s Utopia.