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Another "Need help for bassist project"(Jaco's influences)

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by joeyang761020, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. Sorry about starting another one of these threads, but my topic is kind of different the other guy's, so I thought it would be a good idea to start a new thread. So my question is simply is, who is Jaco Pastorius influenced by? I checked everywhere, but couldn't find anything. Also, it would be helpful if you know what artist/bassist is influenced by Jaco.
    Thank in advance.
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Have you read the Milkowski bio on Jaco?

    Jaco mentions doing a 'bad impression of Jerry Jemmott' on the Modern Electric Bass DVD.

    IMHO, more important than who influenced Jaco is what influenced Jaco.
    "What" = about everything he heard while living in Florida.
    R&B/Soul/Funk(the Pop & 'underground' hits of the day)
    Jazz(Swing to Bebop to New Thing)
    Latin/Caribbean(Salsa to Reggae to Calypso)
    Rock(obviously, Hendix & The Beatles)
    Classical(Stravinsky &, I assume, Charles Ives)

    Jaco admitted to being a 'musical mutt'(vs. those that are 'musical purists').
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I think you could also mention "Film Scores" /Film Music - so his solo stuff has things which sound like a film soundtrack and he often quoted tunes he had heard in films - like "Alfie" ,"Sound of Music" etc.

    EDIT - I suppose you should say - insert "Movie" for "Film" - if you live in North America....;)
  4. in terms of phrasing and tone, Jaco was a huge Sinatra fan. really! no kidding!

    as far as bassists went, he was really into Cachao, the upright cat.

    hope that was some help,

    from the lows,

  5. Thanks a lot.......everybody........that helped a lot.....
  6. Jaco mention McCartney, Jemmott, and a few others. Jaco transcended being "influenced" by a certain bassist. Jaco was born to be the greatest bassist ever regardless. So, in a sense, and if he were still alive would probably tell you, he probably more than likely influenced himself! :bassist: :smug:
  7. another quick note:

    Jaco was really inspired to be a musician because of his father Jack who was a jazz drummer and singer.

    from the lows,


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