Footage of the Einstein of Bass and the Bad Boy of Jazz: Jaco Pastorius. 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. Pastorius suffered from mental illness and substance abuse, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982. He died in 1987 at age 35 following a violent altercation at a Fort Lauderdale drinking establishment. Jaco was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1988, one of only four bassists to be so honored (and the only electric bassist). He is regarded as one of the most influential bass players of all time.
Portrait of Jaco …. The early years 1968 – 1978 (jacotheearlyyears.com)
Jaco Pastorius / Jaco Pastorius
Jaco radio interview 1978 (check out ricksuchow.com for rare Jaco mp3s)
Jaco interview 1978 by Clive Williamson (symbiosis-music.com/jaco_pastorius.html)
Shadows and Light / Joni Mitchell
Live in Japan / Jaco Pastorius Big Band
Modern Electric Bass / Jaco Pastorius
Live at Stadthalle Offenbach 1978 / Weather Report
Live at Montreux 1976 / Weather Report
Live in Montreal 1982 / Jaco Pastorius
A musical portrait / Joe Zawinul
When we were kings / Mohammed Ali
So What 1985 / Jaco Pastorius
Live under the sky 1984 / Jaco Pastorius
This is not the Jaco playing.