Jaco Overdubbed on Modern Electric Bass?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by MaskedJackal, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Maybe this has been covered a million times, but I heard a hired gun was used to go over Jaco's bass tracks on this video. I just wanted to ask those with more knowledge on the matter...because I really don't want this hopefully BS rumor to be true. :(

  2. TFunkadelic


    Apr 9, 2006
    Are you going to think less of the man if you find out it's true?
  3. No, of course not. I'm just going to be even more saddened at how much his health had declined in his later days...
  4. TFunkadelic


    Apr 9, 2006
    Fair enough.
  5. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

    Jun 25, 2007
    Elberta, AL
    Artist:TC Electronic RH450 bass system (original test-pilot)
    That's the biggest load of crap I've ever heard.
  6. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    Having lived and/or worked in both Florida and NYC I've heard a zillion Jaco stories - he's like the Britney Spears of the bass world. I've never heard that anybody "ghosted" Jaco's performances on "Modern Electric Bass", and it would be a profoundly difficult task for a number of reasons.

    First, somebody would have to sync up exactly with what Jaco played on the video, which is practically impossible given all the closeups. Second, the ghost player would have to totally nail Jaco's distictive tone, time feel, and note choices, which were remarkably intact despite his condition at the time of taping. Lastly, the budget and time needed to do all that ghosting would be prohibitively expensive - it's an instructional bass video - not a major theatrical release.

    Jaco's biography mentions that he sobered up in preparation for the taping, but he went back to his old ways immediately afterwards.

    Edit: Disregard my above remarks. Carol Kaye played all that stuff on Jaco's video. :)
  7. Ok - Jaco didn't play on it - yeah that's the ticket! :ninja::eyebrow:
  8. Now THAT'S comedy! I laughed... :)
  9. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    I'm here all weekend. $2 well drinks for happy hour! Try the veal !
  10. duff2

    duff2 Guest

    Dec 16, 2007
    Quite possibly the biggest load of crap I have ever read.

    Whoever told you this has got their facts terribly wrong.

    The 'hired gun story' actually deals with who played bass on the unfinished and stolen 'Holiday for Pans' album.

    Get yourself a copy of Bill Milkowski's book, or Google 'Jaco Holiday for Pans' to get the full scoop on this one.

  11. Alright, thread over, just needed the reassurance...thank you gents.
  12. Slap the person that said that, harder.
  13. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Inactive

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man

    Any fan of Jaco here who has not already read it should check out Bill Milkowski's book. It's a great read!

    As for the taping, I recall that since the producers had money in it, they sobered up Jaco and looked after him, even giving him a bass to play with (since he didn't have one at the time). However, after that was done, he was back on the streets and in a bad way again.

    Even though when he speaks you can hear that he's not "all there", his playing IMO was remarkably together, especially for those monster jams, but his fractured state of mind was apparent when he threw the bass at Kenwood Dennard. Kenwood didn't look at all impressed with this reckless, thoughtless stunt, but that was Jaco, right? Still though, Jaco showed that he was still the man when he had a bass in his hands.

    Sad to think of the end he met.:atoz: