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Naughty or Nice, here's some Weather Report & Jaco

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    This was the first I saw Jaco. I was totally stumped by his artificial harmonics and I had no idea how he played such high notes on a standard Fender neck. I know that is his bass of doom, but he really sounds fretted at times.
  2. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Nope. That's the fretted '60.

    Nice early take. Band sounds tight.
  3. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

    Great vid, that bass definitely appears to have frets though. You can see the reflection off them at the start. I love that fill around 1:30
  4. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Especially dig the bell-bottoms.
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  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    I actually thought it was fretted, but I was shy about saying so.
  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Jaco did a great job on the wordless vocals. I especially dug how he was perfectly in pitch during a wicked descending fill that made him smile. I bet even Esperanza Spalding would be jealous!
  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I don't know if it ever gets better than Jaco. He was truly an original. In terms of sheer chops, there were lots of contemporary bassists that could hang with him, but Jaco had a one in a million vision of how to play the instrument, and that is very rare indeed.
  9. CJ Shearn

    CJ Shearn

    Dec 15, 2013
    Great performance! So so great, I really like how the Complete Columbia albums collection set with the Jaco years gives a more complete picture of just how much he added to the band. I love Alphonso Johnson's playing with them too, I mean, he just gets knee deep into those grooves on "Sweetnighter" and "Tale Spinnin'" but Jaco truly was special.

    CJ Shearn
    Jazz Writer
  10. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    The Midnight Special was such a cool show!

    I've always loved that performance, Weather Report was at the top of their game then.
  11. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    The first time I heard Jaco's solo album I almost quit playing. I figured no matter how much I practiced or how long I played, I would never come close to his level. Truly awe inspiring.
  12. hasbeen

    hasbeen Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 23, 2004
    Vice President, KMC Music. Warwick U.S. distribution
    not widely known is that Jaco preferred to play Birdland on a fretted....for better intonation.

    Strange but true.
  13. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Wake Forest, NC
    I remember in 1980 my high school jazz band instructor bringing me the Heavy Weather album and told me to listen to Birdland as he wanted to play it at regionals. That was the first time I had ever heard Jaco. I was totally blown away. I think I wore that album out on my Marantz turntable going through my old Fisher 400 tube amp driving two Pioneer tower speakers. Ah, the good ole days.

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