This book details the life and work of Jaco Pastorius, an extremely talented but at the same time cursed musician who revolutionized the playing of the bass guitar. Jaco, like his heroes Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix, did not live to be forty. But in the thirty-five years of his life, he discovered the role of the bass guitar. He played melodies, chords, flageolets and percussive effects at the same time and was able to cross the boundaries of jazz, classical music, R&B, funk and rock.
This book maps the entire life and work of Jaco Pastorius from the beginnings of rhythm & blues, through the status of a world jazz star with Weather Report and solo career to the last tragic years. The Jaco book is a loving tribute to “the best bass player in the world”.
Not-for-sale CD forms a part of the Slovak translation of the book JACO – The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius. The original was written by Bill Milkowski, acclaimed jazz writer (Down Beat, JazzTimes, Guitar Player), close friend of the admired and damned bass guitar genius. Sampler CD presents a variety of approaches which the leading European artists take on when confronting his legacy.