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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Lichlord2112, Jun 20, 2021.
Jaco only needed four letters.
He was an innovator. He did stuff with a bass guitar that was new and special and I thought he was the cat’s pajamas when I first started playing the bass and now I’d rather listen to a squeaky ceiling fan than his music.
Drugs and the Rat Race...We are all on drugs. They say you must suffer for your art. We as artists suffer the most. Life is a Rat Race, because we are all just rats in a maze. Well, I don't run that race anymore. I escaped the maze. The bass guitar is a very potent drug, once you pick it up, you are hooked for life man. Every time I watch Jaco: The Film, I lose it. This guy went through hell to suffer for his art. And even at his worst, (Bi-Polar is a bitch man, I knew a friend who had it, and I've seen it in public), He kept on pushing it to the limit with his discordant vibes. And it sounds beautiful man. He expressed his pain through his art, as do we all. It is a pain reliever that won't kill us. But we must go through mass pain to get there. Every time I see that movie, I'm like,"Hey man that guy is me! I can even play like him...that's amazing!". And then I look over at a painting of our Lord, and I know where it comes from. And I think to myself, Stairway to Heaven? Man, we're already there!
His stuff with Joni Mitchell is fantastic...I was just watching Shadows and Light yesterday and they all sound amazing.
My favorite Jaco years are the Weather Report years, but my favorite Weather Report years are Alphonzo Johnson.
The Jaco book is much better than the documentary.
... but then again, most books are better than the movie versions.
I can safely say Jaco has never been and never will be an influence.
I have to give credit for the innovation but it pretty much stops right there.
Jaco is huge without question. I have many bass heroes but Jaco is without question TOP of the list. Massive. Enormous player. The tone. The funk. The chops. The cool. 'Nuff said.
How many of you put out an innovative piece of music when you were 24 years old?
clicked thread to post the same. you got here first. congrats!
I pass his park every week driving to the weekly jam (playing hammond though)
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