I've been a fan of Jaco for a long time and there is a lot more to him than just playing jazz or jazz fusion on the bass. I never cared for jazz so much but Weather Report was my introduction to the genre of Jazz Fusion which does it for me. He played just about every genre but is most known for his work with Weather Report closely followed by his collaboration with Joni Mitchell/Pat Metheny. To understand why he is so revered you have to take into context what was being played in the 70's and 80's on the the electric bass guitar and how it was being played. He literally took it from a supporting instrument to the lead and solo instrument. Nobody was doing what he did on the bass guitar back then..nobody. Today there are many exceptional bass players than ever before and a much higher standard exists for being considered a top level player in this century and that is definitely a good thing. Jaco would have a lot of competition for the title of "best bass player in the world" if he had to go up against the big boys and girls of today. But then, what would Jaco be playing now if he had not met his untimely death in 1987??? He took playing the bass to a much higher level. In addition to his unheard of virtuosity he also practically invented the fretless electric guitar. No guitar company made a fretless in his time so he took a Fender Jazz, had the frets removed, filled the slots with wood putty and then coated the fretboard with marine epoxy. The "Bass of Doom". He said frets just slowed him down and were in the way (called them speed bumps). Of course all of you that know Jaco already know all this so I'll stop here as there is a wealth of info already written about Jaco. But like his music or not, you can't dispute the impact he made with the electric bass guitar and the role he played modern music history. In addition to that, his life story is both fascinating and tragic. There is a movie about Jaco that just was just released in December 2015. It's titled "Jaco: The Film. I encourage you to check out his life story. It's very interesting, fascinating and tragic. There is a reason why he is so respected by so many musicians and hopefully this film will take us further as to why. I'm so looking forward to seeing this. Jaco: The Film JACO: the Film | Jaco Pastorius Here's a brief excerpt about the film from the Jaco website. "Produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo in association with Passion Pictures, JACO includes some incredible insights from an array of artists including Flea, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins, Carlos Santana and others as well as Jaco’s family, and friends. It unveils the story of his music, his life, his demise, and ultimately the fragility of great artistic genius."