Jaco Pastorius isn’t just my favorite bass player, he’s my favorite musician, composer, and arranger. And because he was all three, that puts him in rare company.
Jaco died when I was 19 years old. I never got to see him perform live, which is one of my biggest regrets. But as the world’s biggest Jaco nerd (and vinyl nerd), I went on a multi-city quest to find every recording he was on. Mission accomplished.
For those of you who don’t know Jaco’s story and music, I highly recommend the documentary Robert Trujillo produced.