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Heads Up’s Jaco Pastorius Tribute Project: Big Band Punk Jazz

Jaco Pastorius
Jaco Pastorius

To Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip, he was the Galileo of bass. To Marcus Miller, he was the Willie Mays of the electric bass. To Victor Bailey, who had the impossible task of following him in the Weather Report lineup, he was both friend and mentor. Fellow bassists Gerald Veasley, Victor Wooten, Christian McBride and Richard Bona also readily acknowledge the towering influence of Jaco Pastorius.

All of these renowned bassists came together to participate in an all-star recorded tribute to the late bass hero. And rather than a sheer chopsfest-the obvious way of paying tribute to someone who turned the bass world on its collective head with his revolutionary approach to the instrument-it turned out to be more of an homage to Pastorius’ remarkable depth as a composer and arranger, a side of the man’s genius that is often overshadowed by his flashy virtuosity and galvanizing showtime appeal.

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