Jaco Pastorius was a prominent figure in the short history of electric bass. The child musician displayed unlimited prospects for this bass instrument with his insatiable appetite for experimentation and his fleet-fingered technique.
Jaco was an emotional individual who passed away in an unlikely, tragic way. 28 years after the death of Pastorius, Robert Trujillo (bassist from Metallica) is paying tribute to the musician by producing a movie titled “Jaco: The Film”. Prior to taking on the heavy-metal bass concerts with the group Metallica, the engaging and modest Trujillo served for Ozzy Osbourne, Suicidal Tendencies, and Infectious Grooves. The Metallica bassist found the style, sounds of Pastorius fascinating, and tried to emulate them.
Trujillo attended the renowned Dick Grove School, a music institution that aims to produce professionals who could support themselves and shine in spotlight. In 1979, Trujillo witnessed the combined performance of Pastorius and Weather Report at Santa Monica Auditorium. He was forever changed. Jaco Pastorius had long hair and a slight build. He wore headbands and resembled an incense dealer at Telegraph Avenue. Pastorius’ thumb-of-steel had unrivaled agility. In late 70’s Pastorius worked expansively with Weather Report and Joni Mitchell. However, he developed bipolar disorder soon after.
Directors Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijack together with Trujillo have been actively working on this movie for about 5 years. Every year they found a new treasure, including pictures from Pastorius’ first session and boxful cassettes with interviews. That forced them to re-edit the project. Trujillo admitted that the roadblocks were blessings since they added involvement from luminaries. The ultimate product will feature interviews from renowned bass players like Geddy Lee, Jerry Jemmott, Bootsy Collins, Sting, and Flea.
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