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Jaco Pastorius: JACO

It’s hard to overestimate how eagerly fusion fans anticipated JACO, the first full-length documentary on Jaco Pastorius, the game-changing electric bass virtuoso and gifted composer. Directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak, the film-nearly six years in the making-became a reality thanks to its producer and cowriter, Metallica bassist and Pastorius superfan Robert Trujillo.

It’s mostly worth the wait, as viewers get a clear understanding of how the fretless bass monster came by his musical influences and gained jazz-world stardom. But there are probably few revelations here for anyone who read the definitive biography by Bill Milkowski (interviewed in the film) or closely followed Pastorius’ work.

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