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Watch Jaco Pastorius: The Lost Tapes Documentary, the Fan-Made Film on the Most Innovative Bass Player of All Time

People do not understand how hard a jazz musician works for a living. I’m not putting nobody down, but I’m telling you nobody understands how hard jazz musicians work. Jazz is not big in the US, because the States are too worried about Pac-Man and The Police. — Jaco When Jaco Pastorius uttered the quote above in a typically entertaining and insightful interview with Guitar World from 1983, I’m sure he meant no disrespect to the members of The Police. It may be safe to say that Jaco signi...
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How Jaco Pastorius Invented the Electric Bass Solo & Changed Musical History (1976)

How does one define a masterpiece? Is it personally subjective, or it is just another word we use for status symbols? In an essay on the Florida-born bass player Jaco Pastorius’ 1976 self-titled debut album, scholar Uri Gonza?lez offers an older definition: “in the old European guild system, the aspiring journeyman was expected to create a piece of handicraft of the highest quality in order to reach the status of ‘master.’ One was then officially allowed to join the guild and to take pup...
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Watch Joni Mitchell Sing an Immaculate Version of Her Song “Coyote,” with Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn & Gordon Lightfoot (1975)

Joni Mitchell doesn’t like to do interviews, but once she starts to open up, she really opens up, not only about her own struggles but about her feelings towards her fellow artists. These are often decidedly negative. Maybe she took a cue from her personal hero, Miles Davis (who, it turned out secretly owned all her albums). Mitchell matched his level of caustic commentary in 2010 when she told the L.A. Times that Bob Dylan “is not authentic at all. He’s a plagiarist, and his name and vo...
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We’ve Got A File On You: Thundercat

At the end of the week, Stephen Bruner will release his latest album as Thundercat, It Is What It Is. He's once again crafted an LP that, at times, feels like one long continuous piece -- a 43-minute liquefied opus that exists in some unknown territory crossroads between soul, jazz, funk, and electronic. More »
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The 2020 NAMM Show will honor Joni Mitchell as well as unleash a slew of new gear

For many Southern California music fans, the most anticipated moment of the new year is getting the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival line-up, but for nearly 120,000 music merchants, industry insiders and musicians, the annual NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center is where the real excitement is. The National Association of Music Merchants has gathered every January in Anaheim since 1976 to show off new innovations in the industry. With thousands of exhibitors from around the world, th...
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Saudade – “Sanctuary Dub” (Feat. Ho99o9)

Saudade, the collective led by Jaco Pastorius protege Chuck Doom featuring a vivid assortment of talents from across the genre spectrum, began consistently rolling out new music this year after releasing just one song previously, 2016's eponymous debut track. In March they returned with "Shadows & Light" featuring Chino Moreno and … More »
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listening to joni: #9: don juan's reckless daughter

Don Juan's Reckless Daughter, 1977 I discovered I didn't own Don Juan's Reckless Daughter either on LP or CD -- which means I don't know the music from it, except for anything performed live or on compilations.This means I have only my current opinions and impressions, and no earlier thoughts to compare them to. I can conjecture that I wouldn't have liked this album when it was released in 1977, or in 1987 for that matter, because I wouldn't have understood it. I hope by 1997, when I was beginn...
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listening to joni: #8: hejira

Hejira, 1976 Front CoverPhoto by Norman Seeff; Frozen lake by Wisconsin. Hejira snuck up on me.I heard it was "wordy," "cold," and "cerebral" and that the music was "abstract". I didn't know what that meant, but it didn't seem good.On the radio station I listened to as a teenager, one of the last holdouts of independent rock radio, "Song for Sharon" had heavy rotation. That's no surprise, as it's a thoroughly New York City song. I would hear it in the background, when I was driving or ...
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John Malveaux: Resonance Records resurrects jazz history...with Eric Dolphy

RESONANCE co-president Zev Feldman with a copy of “Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet.” John Malveaux   of   forwards this: The Los Angeles Times 20 Jan 2019By Randall Roberts The story of “Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet” begins in a suitcase. It’s 1964, and the Los Angeles born jazz multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy, then living in New York and at the peak of his alto-sax-blowing powers, is headed overseas. Known fo...
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Legendary Studio Musician Carol Kaye Presents 150 Free Tips for Practicing & Playing the Bass

The work required to become an accomplished singer or instrumentalist can seem burdensome. Many an aspiring musician may seek to avoid years of apprenticeship, especially now that getting famous for being famous has become a real career ambition, soon to appear in a course catalog at your local college. But there are still plenty of hard-working players hacking away at building up their chops. Next to a good in-person music teacher, their best resources are materials put out by a rar...
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Book Notes - Barney Hoskyns "Joni: The Anthology"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Joni: The Anthology, a collection of interviews, commentary, and commentary, illuminates the life and art of Joni Mitchell. The Atlantic wrote of the book: "Nearly 50 years'...
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DJ Sessions: From Jaco Pastorius To Ahmad Jamal

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson and KCRW DJ Bo Leibowitz listen back to a 1982 performance from bass guitarist Jaco Pastorius that is being reissued, among other selections.
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Jaco Pastorius: Truth, Liberty & Soul (Review)

Captured at the height of their strength as a live unit, Truth, Liberty & Soul proves an excellent showcase for both Jaco Pastorius and the Word of Mouth Big Band. [Author: John Paul]
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Weekly Music Publishing Update: Inside The Ferrick, Lowery Pastorius Spotify Lawsuit

Ongoing in music industry news these days dwells the combined lawsuits of David Lowery, Melissa Ferrick and Jaco Pastorius. The plaintiffs combined forces to attempt a class action lawsuit against streaming services worldwide. Without judge approval for class action, their efforts narrowed toward Ferrick’s original focus: Spotify.   Ferrick's accusations were made toward Spotify’s inconsistent obligation with the Harry Fox Agency, as well as its failure to file Notices of Intention (N...
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Hear Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” Covered in Unexpected Styles: Gregorian Choir, Cello Ensemble, Finnish Bluegrass, Jazz Vocal & More

They may have arrived on the scene in the 80s as one of the four horsemen of thrash metal—kin to such cuddly acts as Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer—but believe or not, Metallica had some serious crossover appeal from the start. Granted, that appeal was limited to a small subset of punks and skaters who came to appreciate metal thanks to Metallica’s covers of horror-punks The Misfits on their 1987 Garage Days Revisited EP. Nonetheless, it showed that the band always had a sense of humor an...
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall ...
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Weekend Wax Bits

In this week's Wall Street Journal, I interviewed Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow for the Mansion section's "House Call" column on growing up in Forest Hills, Queens in New York (go here). Ron was a straight-A student, graduated first in his class in high school and went to Yale. But tragedy struck in 2006, delivering an emotional blow he still hasn't completely recovered from. Ron is currently hard at work on a biography of Ulysses S. Grant. Also in the WSJ, my interview for the Review ...
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Frank Ocean now off Def Jam, reveals all-time favorite song playlist

As the days go by, so will some interesting new Frank Ocean tidbits. For starters, Endless was the last album Ocean delivered for Def Jam, which means Blonde (which was credited to ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ in Apple Music) is Frank’s first independent release. (TheFADER with the scoop/details.) Additionally, there’s more music to dive into from Frank… but not *by* Frank. In the ‘zine over the weekend, he listed his favorite songs. 51 by my count and the good people at OkayPlayer got all of what’s availab...
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listen to Frank Ocean's favorite songs (as listed in his 'Boys Don't Cry' zine)

It's very a eclectic playlist, as you would probably expect from Frank, covering a ton of stylistic and historical ground Continue reading… [Author: Rob Sperry-Fromm]
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Ten facts about the bass guitar

The bass guitar is an instrument whose presence and influence in music history are not to be underestimated. Here, we explore the structural design and performance aspects of this dynamic instrument to take a moment to appreciate all that the bass guitar has to offer. The instrument goes far beyond that one member of the local garage band. Be sure to listen through our playlist for a few noteworthy examples of its engaging sound. 1. With early versions appearing in the 1930s, the modern bass gui...
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When Your Kids Hit The Highway

Right now, my 24-year-old daughter and a companion are somewhere along the Blue Ridge Parkway, perhaps at a campground in Great Smokey National Park. I envision the two comely young Sarah Lawrence film school graduates barricaded behind the old Subaru wagon they bought for their road trip, pepper spray and tasers at the ready as toothless, walleyed carnies escaped from the county fair ply them with moonshine, meth and fentanyl. Not that I'm worried or anything. They're big girls; they can take ...
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Earthlings: Billy Cobham & George Duke Band at Hempstead, 1976

It’s 1976. Beer comes in pull-tab cans and Miles Davis has taken a leave of absence. People don’t really know it, but jazz fusion is nearing the end of it’s creative streak: Mahavishnu Orchestra has burned through two lineups and Weather Report has just enlisted Jaco Pastorius, who’ll help propel the band into the stratosphere […]
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Metallica’s Bassist Robert Trujillo Plays Metallica Songs Flamenco-Style, Joined by Rodrigo y Gabriela

Heavy Metal has always had its baroque non-metal elements. It seems that no matter how hard and fast a metal band rocks, they’re eventually going to slip into some form of medieval Scandinavian folk music, Teutonic opera, Tolkienesque fantasy concept album song cycle, or at least—on the bubblegum end of the spectrum—soft rock ballad…. (You’re probably already picturing tiny Stonehenge on the Spinal Tap stage.) Such references have been in the genre’s DNA since the days of metal forefathe...
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Book Notes - Paul Lisicky "The Narrow Door"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Paul Lisicky's The Narrow Door is a beautifully told, honest, and poignant memoir of friendship, love, and loss. The Los Angeles Times wrote of the book: "The story of a...
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Mysterious Travelers: Early Live Weather Report

Last year, Columbia/Legacy released a four-disc set of Weather Report called The Legendary Live Tapes, drawing on the band at their commercial peak: 1977-83. You know, the Jaco Pastorius years, when they toured records like Heavy Weather or Mr. Gone. The thing is, this is a period that’s been well documented already. First on 1979’s […]
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Geddy Lee on Teen Town in new JACO documentary video extra

Jaco is a documentary film on legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and directed by Paul Marchand and Stephan Kijak. After several film festival screenings over the past year, the film was finally made available for purchase back in late November via various on-demand/streaming services, digital download and on DVD / Blu-Ray as part of Record Store Day 's Black Friday promotion.
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Geddy Lee on Teen Town in new JACO documentary video extra

Jaco is a documentary film on legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and directed by Paul Marchand and Stephan Kijak. After several film festival screenings over the past year, the film was finally made available for purchase back in late November via various on-demand/streaming services, digital download and on DVD/Blu-Ray as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday promotion. An associated soundtrack was also released via Sony/Legacy which is available to...
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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, ro...
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Jaco Pastorius documentary by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo out now

Jaco Pastorius , the late jazz bassist who was a member of Weather Report from 1976 to 1981, a player on multiple Joni Mitchell albums and more, was given the documentary treatment this year with Jaco , which Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo put together. From a NY Times review of the documentary: When Jaco Pastorius first met Joe Zawinul, the keyboardist and composer behind Weather Report, he had his introduction ready.
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Robert Trujillo Reveals Metallica Are 'Blueprinting' New Album

Slowly but surely, Metallica are making progress on their next album. During a recent interview in which Robert Trujillo discussed his Jaco Pastorius documentary, the bassist told Rock Cellar Magazine that the band is sorting things out at the moment. [Link to media]
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