Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.

 

Jaco Pastorias was the thin junkie with the strange hats that hangs out in the schoolyard in the evening shooting hoops with the guys. And you could hear it in the way he played.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

    Opinions / Science / Theory of Relative Ignorance  
 

..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

    Art & Culture / Music / Blues / Robert Johnson  
   

Jaco Pastorias - Low vibe rythm

Jaco Pastorias was the thin junkie with the strange hats that hangs out in the schoolyard in the evening shooting hoops with the guys. And you could hear it in the way he played. It always sounds to me that if his playing was eating, he would look at you with a smudge of mustard on his chin. Big bites. Big.

Yes, Jaco definitely knew how to live. How to die.
And his bass tells the whole story, from birth, to adolescence, to rebirth, and another one, and growing, and changing the speed, and for a minute remembering something. Each solo was a full book, a full life.

And then there were the rhythm parts. Or were there any? It seems the chatter of the thick strings of that old fretless bass had a lot to say, and in most cases a very real sense of urgency in saying them.

Arpeggio chords break in midstream jumping to a couple bars of a funny anecdote, swirling around a bit, like digressing and then going back to the original thought to continue the sentence.

 
 
I took the frets out of my bass after I was getting into jazz a lot and I wanted to have that upright sound."
 

It always sounds to me like I would love to spend an evening with a couple of beers and his bass guitar. It has so much to say.
In one particular solo it actually sounds like the bass is shy, hesitating, trying to find the words,  sounding suffocated, almost frustrated, and then, then arrives  a hand hitting the tabletop and suddenly the solo becomes a conversation with two parts, and it becomes more fluid, more relaxed as the them evolves, ending with a slow stretchy slidy beautiful line of harmonious notes. Makeup sex if I have ever seen one….

And THAT was his charm. Not the great riffs we all remember from weather report. Not even the weird hats and the mini thin Rastas. No, it is the fact he acts through the bass. He doesn’t play. He brings life into it. And the bass is playing the part perfectly. Giving in to that story that is flowing through it, without even onces tUrning to Jaco and asking annoying questions like 'but what is my motivation"

Jaco was not a bass player.
He was a ventriloquist using a bass instead of a wooden doll.
But you know what? He WAS a bass player. Ok. I agree.
but only for the simple reason that if JACO is not a bass player, nobody is.

 
Solo http://youtu.be/RTSap-NXKro
Weather report (solo) medley http://youtu.be/LmUTK6UBeek
Weather report –the chicken http://youtu.be/RJfiYdQcQtc
C'mon come over - http://youtu.be/lWh8HzCxtOg
Third stone from the sun - http://youtu.be/gtHbxsdExlE