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The Essential Jaco Pastorius collects tracks the innovative jazz bassist recorded during the '70s and '80s. Included here are cuts off Pastorius' two studio albums as well as some of the work he did with the seminal fusion outfit Weather Report. Also featured are recordings he made with other artists including Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell. As a two-disc anthology, this is a hard collection to pass up and certainly includes all of the most well-known of Pastorius' recordings, not the least of which are his 1976 take on Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee," Weather Report's "Birdland," and the Mitchell tune "Hejira." You also get such stellar tracks as the frenetic "River People" and the iconic "Punk Jazz" both from Weather Report's 1978 album Mr. Gone. As a well-rounded representation of Pastorius' unique genius during the high-point of his career, The Essential Jaco Pastorius is superb listen.

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This Is Great For A New Jaco Fan!

This Is a great album for a new bass player just getting into Jaco but, if you're like me and you already have alot of Jaco stuff, don't get this.

THE collection of Jaco Pastorius is here

It's noteable that Jaco is to bass players of today as Jimi Hendrix and Slash are to today's guitarists. All the tracks off this 2-disc collection are worth the money. The best that you can buy here are "Kuru/Speak Like a Child" and "(Used to Be A) Cha-Cha". If you want to run off and buy the album, songs like "Soul Intro/The Chicken" and "Hejira" make it worthwhile. Enjoy the music of "the World's Greatest Bass Player".

If you LOVE Bass and amazing Playing this is it!

all I can say is: If this album don't send you.... You got nowhere to go!


Born: December 1, 1951 in Norristown, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

Jaco Pastorius was a meteor who blazed on to the scene in the 1970s, only to flame out tragically in the 1980s. With a brilliantly fleet technique and fertile melodic imagination, Pastorius made his fretless electric bass leap out from the depths of the rhythm section into the front line with fluid machine-gun-like passages that demanded attention. He also sported a strutting, dancing, flamboyant performing style and posed a further triple-threat as a talented composer, arranger and producer. He...
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock, Pop, Pop/Rock, Fusion
  • Released: Jun 14, 2007

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