JazzTimes 10: Greatest Jazz Cameos on Pop Songs

Our choice of crossover moments to remember

Jaco Pastorius on Joni Mitchell’s “Coyote”
from Hejira (1976)

What’s interesting about this choice is that, as the bassist on this seminal Joni album, Jaco isn’t exactly soloing here. Or perhaps more accurately, he’s soloing the whole time, yet somehow still effectively shadowing Mitchell’s vocals. Some people complained to the singer about Jaco being too loud and obtrusive on the four albums they did together, but Mitchell knew that there was no restraining the mercurial electric bassist, best known for his stint in Weather Report.

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