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Born December 1, in Norristown, PA. Retrieved September 22, Retrieved January 14, Until aboutmost jazz musicians played the acoustic, upright bass, also known as the double bass. Sexy Trippy All Moods. The Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius family enlisted lawyers to help but nearly went bankrupt in Blues Classical Country.

By —, at the age of 17, Pastorius had begun to appreciate jazz and had saved enough money to buy an upright bass. Its deep, mellow tone appealed to him, though it strained his finances. He had difficulty maintaining the instrument, which he attributed to the humidity in Florida.

When he woke one day to find it had cracked, he traded it for a Fender Jazz Bass. In his teens he played bass guitar for Wayne Cochran and the C. In the early s, Pastorius taught bass at the University of Miami , where he befriended jazz guitarist Pat Metheny , who was also on the faculty. Before recording his debut album, Pastorius attended a concert in Miami by the jazz fusion band Weather Report. After the concert, he approached keyboardist Joe Zawinul , who led the band.

I'm the greatest bass player in the world. After listening to the tape, Zawinul realized that Pastorius had considerable skill. Pastorius made his band debut on the album Black Market Columbia , , in which he shared the bass chair with Johnson.

Pastorius was fully established as sole band bass player for the recording of Heavy Weather Columbia, , which contained the Grammy-nominated hit " Birdland ". During his time with Weather Report, Pastorius began abusing alcohol and illegal drugs, [5] [12] which exacerbated existing mental problems and led to erratic behavior.

Warner Bros. This was the group that recorded his second solo album, Word of Mouth Warner Bros. In , Pastorius toured with Word of Mouth as a piece big band. While in Japan, to the alarm of his band members, he shaved his head, painted his face black, and threw his bass guitar into Hiroshima Bay.

Despite attention in the press, Word of Mouth sold poorly. As alcohol and drug problems dominated his life, he had trouble finding work, finding people who would tolerate his shenanigans, and he wound up homeless. In , while filming an instructional video, Pastorius told the interviewer, Jerry Jemmott , that although he had been praised often for his ability, he wished that someone would give him a job.

Pastorius developed a self-destructive habit of provoking bar fights and allowing himself to be beaten up.

A brain hemorrhage a few days later led to brain death. Luc Havan faced a charge of second-degree murder. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to twenty-two months in prison and five years' probation. After serving four months in prison, he was paroled for good behavior.

Until about , most jazz musicians played the acoustic, upright bass, also known as the double bass. With the exception of the bass players in the trios Bill Evans led, bassists remained in the background with the drummer, forming the rhythm section, while the saxophonist, trumpeter, or vocalist handled the melody and led the band. Pastorius had other ideas for the bass player. He played an electric bass from which he had removed the frets. He played fast and loud, sang, and did flips.

He spread powder on the stage so he could dance like James Brown. He joked around and talked to the crowd. A self-described Florida beach bum, he often went barefoot and shirtless. He was tall, lean, and strong, and for someone who played sports the nickname "Jocko" fit. His thumbs were "double jointed" and his fingers were long and thin. After being taught about artificial harmonics , he added them to his technique and repertoire.

Natural harmonics , also known as open string harmonics, are played by lightly touching the string at a fret without pressing it to the fretboard, resulting in a note that rings somewhat like a bell. Artificial harmonics, also called false harmonics, involve lightly touching a string with one finger, then using another finger to play the note, [5] simultaneously playing and stopping the note.

He played these with a floating thumb technique on the right hand, anchoring on the bridge pickup while playing on the E and A strings and muting the E string with his thumb while playing on higher strings. When he was 21, Jaco acquired the bass with its frets removed, or removed them himself his recollections varied over the years , and sealed the fretboard with epoxy resin. In the bass was repaired by luthiers Kevin Kaufman and Jim Hamilton, after it had been broken into many pieces.

It was found in a guitar shop in , but the shop owner refused to give it up. The Pastorius family enlisted lawyers to help but nearly went bankrupt in Robert Trujillo , bass guitarist for Metallica , considered Jaco Pastorius to be one of his heroes, and he felt that the family ought to have the bass.

Trujillo helped pay to have it returned to them. Fender began offering a fretless version of their standard Jazz Bass in the mid s, and in began offering the "Fender Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass" in their Artist series, and Custom Shop series.

These instruments were modelled on the Bass of Doom, with the Custom Shop version featuring a fretboard sealed with epoxy resin. Pastorius used the "Variamp" EQ equalization controls on his two Acoustic amplifiers [31] made by the Acoustic Control Corporation of Van Nuys, California to boost the midrange frequencies, thus accentuating the natural growling tone of his fretless passive Fender Jazz Bass and roundwound string combination.

He also controlled his tone color with a rackmount MXR digital delay unit that fed a second Acoustic amp rig. During the final three years of his life he used Hartke cabinets because of the character of aluminum speaker cones as opposed to paper speaker cones. These provided a bright, clear sound. He typically used the delay in a chorus -like mode, providing a shimmering stereo doubling effect.

He often used the fuzz control built into the Acoustic His signature sound is prominent on Flora Purim 's Everyday Everynight , on which he played the bass melody for a Michel Colombier composition entitled "The Hope", and performed bass and vocals on one of his own compositions, entitled "Las Olas".

Bass Player magazine gave him second place on a list of the one hundred greatest bass players of all time, behind James Jamerson. He has been called "arguably the most important and ground-breaking electric bassist in history" and "perhaps the most influential electric bassist today". William C.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jaco Pastorius. Sample from " Portrait of Tracy " with extensive use of harmonics. Main article: Jaco Pastorius discography.

Retrieved January 14, By , he had been invited to join Weather Report , where he remained until , gradually becoming a third lead voice along with Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter. Outside Weather Report , he found himself in constant demand as a sessionman and producer, playing on Joni Mitchell , Blood Sweat and Tears , Paul Bley , Bireli Lagrene and Ira Sullivan albums -- and his first eponymous solo album for Epic in was hailed as a tour de force.

From to , he toured and recorded with his own band, the innovative Word of Mouth that fluctuated in size from a large combo to a big band. Alas, Pastorius became overwhelmed by mental problems, exacerbated by drugs and alcohol in the mid-'80s, leading to several embarrassing public incidents one was a violent crack-up on-stage at the Hollywood Bowl in mid-set at the Playboy Jazz Festival.

Such episodes made him a pariah in the music business and toward the end of his life, he had become a street person, reportedly sighted in drug-infested inner-city hangouts. He died in from a physical beating sustained while trying to break into the Midnight Club in Fort Lauderdale. Almost totally forgotten at the time of his death, Pastorius was immediately canonized afterward Marcus Miller wrote the tune "Mr. Pastorius" in his honor, as have many others over the years.

Since Pastorius ' death, there have been numerous posthumously released albums featuring previously unheard live and studio recordings. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic.

By —, at the age of 17, Pastorius had begun to appreciate jazz and had saved enough money to buy an upright bass. Its deep, mellow tone appealed to him, though it strained his finances.

He had difficulty maintaining the instrument, which he attributed to the humidity in Florida. When he woke one day to find it had cracked, he traded it for a Fender Jazz Bass. In his teens he played bass guitar for Wayne Cochran and the C. In the early s, Pastorius taught bass at the University of Miami , where he befriended jazz guitarist Pat Metheny , who was also on the faculty. Before recording his debut album, Pastorius attended a concert in Miami by the jazz fusion band Weather Report.

After the concert, he approached keyboardist Joe Zawinul , who led the band. I'm the greatest bass player in the world. After listening to the tape, Zawinul realized that Pastorius had considerable skill. Pastorius made his band debut on the album Black Market Columbia , , in which he shared the bass chair with Johnson.

Pastorius was fully established as sole band bass player for the recording of Heavy Weather Columbia, , which contained the Grammy-nominated hit " Birdland ". During his time with Weather Report, Pastorius began abusing alcohol and illegal drugs, [5] [12] which exacerbated existing mental problems and led to erratic behavior.

Warner Bros. This was the group that recorded his second solo album, Word of Mouth Warner Bros. In , Pastorius toured with Word of Mouth as a piece big band. While in Japan, to the alarm of his band members, he shaved his head, painted his face black, and threw his bass guitar into Hiroshima Bay. Despite attention in the press, Word of Mouth sold poorly. As alcohol and drug problems dominated his life, he had trouble finding work, finding people who would tolerate his shenanigans, and he wound up homeless.

In , while filming an instructional video, Pastorius told the interviewer, Jerry Jemmott , that although he had been praised often for his ability, he wished that someone would give him a job. Pastorius developed a self-destructive habit of provoking bar fights and allowing himself to be beaten up. A brain hemorrhage a few days later led to brain death.

Luc Havan faced a charge of second-degree murder. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to twenty-two months in prison and five years' probation. After serving four months in prison, he was paroled for good behavior.

Until about , most jazz musicians played the acoustic, upright bass, also known as the double bass. With the exception of the bass players in the trios Bill Evans led, bassists remained in the background with the drummer, forming the rhythm section, while the saxophonist, trumpeter, or vocalist handled the melody and led the band. Pastorius had other ideas for the bass player.

He played an electric bass from which he had removed the frets. He played fast and loud, sang, and did flips. He spread powder on the stage so he could dance like James Brown.

He joked around and talked to the crowd. A self-described Florida beach bum, he often went barefoot and shirtless.

He was tall, lean, and strong, and for someone who played sports the nickname "Jocko" fit. His thumbs were "double jointed" and his fingers were long and thin.

After being taught about artificial harmonics , he added them to his technique and repertoire. Natural harmonics , also known as open string harmonics, are played by lightly touching the string at a fret without pressing it to the fretboard, resulting in a note that rings somewhat like a bell.

Artificial harmonics, also called false harmonics, involve lightly touching a string with one finger, then using another finger to play the note, [5] simultaneously playing and stopping the note. He played these with a floating thumb technique on the right hand, anchoring on the bridge pickup while playing on the E and A strings and muting the E string with his thumb while playing on higher strings.

When he was 21, Jaco acquired the bass with its frets removed, or removed them himself his recollections varied over the years , and sealed the fretboard with epoxy resin. In the bass was repaired by luthiers Kevin Kaufman and Jim Hamilton, after it had been broken into many pieces.

It was found in a guitar shop in , but the shop owner refused to give it up. The Pastorius family enlisted lawyers to help but nearly went bankrupt in Robert Trujillo , bass guitarist for Metallica , considered Jaco Pastorius to be one of his heroes, and he felt that the family ought to have the bass. Trujillo helped pay to have it returned to them. Fender began offering a fretless version of their standard Jazz Bass in the mid s, and in began offering the "Fender Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass" in their Artist series, and Custom Shop series.

These instruments were modelled on the Bass of Doom, with the Custom Shop version featuring a fretboard sealed with epoxy resin. Pastorius used the "Variamp" EQ equalization controls on his two Acoustic amplifiers [31] made by the Acoustic Control Corporation of Van Nuys, California to boost the midrange frequencies, thus accentuating the natural growling tone of his fretless passive Fender Jazz Bass and roundwound string combination. He also controlled his tone color with a rackmount MXR digital delay unit that fed a second Acoustic amp rig.

During the final three years of his life he used Hartke cabinets because of the character of aluminum speaker cones as opposed to paper speaker cones. These provided a bright, clear sound. He typically used the delay in a chorus -like mode, providing a shimmering stereo doubling effect. He often used the fuzz control built into the Acoustic His signature sound is prominent on Flora Purim 's Everyday Everynight , on which he played the bass melody for a Michel Colombier composition entitled "The Hope", and performed bass and vocals on one of his own compositions, entitled "Las Olas".

Bass Player magazine gave him second place on a list of the one hundred greatest bass players of all time, behind James Jamerson. He has been called "arguably the most important and ground-breaking electric bassist in history" and "perhaps the most influential electric bassist today".

William C. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jaco Pastorius. Sample from " Portrait of Tracy " with extensive use of harmonics. Main article: Jaco Pastorius discography.

Retrieved January 14, He died in from a physical beating sustained while trying to break into the Midnight Club in Fort Lauderdale. Almost totally forgotten at the time of his death, Pastorius was immediately canonized afterward Marcus Miller wrote the tune "Mr.

Pastorius" in his honor, as have many others over the years. Since Pastorius ' death, there have been numerous posthumously released albums featuring previously unheard live and studio recordings. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully.

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