John Francis Anthony "Jaco" Pastorius III December 1st, 1951 - September 21st, 1987 On this day, 29 years ago, we lost the greatest bass guitarist who ever lived. That is my humble opinion, but I know it is shared by many, members of this forum, amateurs and professionals alike. Jaco approached our instrument in ways that none had before him, and shattering the walls of perceptions that had been built around bassists and how they played. His technique was flawless, with perfect time, intonation and articulation, regardless of how fast he played. He inspired a whole new breed of bass player, and many of the great bassists today owe much to Jaco's virtuoso playing. As Victor Wooten states in his song Bass Tribute: "Bass players used to be the ones standing in the back When Jaco first played Donna Lee, it sure changed that." RIP, Jaco. We miss you.