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Artist’s Choice: Jimmy Haslip on Jaco Pastorius

Today’s top jazz performers pick 10 favorite tracks by the players, singers and styles that helped define them.

Jimmy Haslip of Yellowjackets
Jimmy Haslip of Yellowjackets with Mike Stern at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jaco’s vision and gift gave the electric bass a new image and function, changing the perception and role of the instrument and giving us all a new sound in music. It literally changed the world of music and continues to be a gift to us all. I studied with him on and off for about a year beginning in 1975, and that experience completely changed my world. My perception of music and my study of music were, from that point on, taken to a whole new level. I will always be indebted, appreciative and grateful to him for what he gave me, and his teachings will continue to focus my study of music for the rest of my life. Thank you, Jaco!

Jaco Pastorius (Epic, 1976)

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