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The "Jaco Effect"

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by oniman7, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. When being introduced to musicians (particularly those older than me) I've found something strange. If I I'm talking about my influences and happen to say that I've done some study on Weather Report "Yeah, I'm influenced by bands like Pink Floyd, Tool, Dream Theater, etc. and I've done a little study of bands like Weather Report." I'll hear from other people later that say "Well, he said if you've heard of Jaco, you're obviously pretty serious about the bass."

    All this without any in-depth discussion or them ever hearing me play.

    Anyone else notice this?
  2. ma4rk


    Jun 28, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Last time it happened the guy I was talking to then went on about how he saw him in Europe 30 years ago & how he did a 30 min bass solo but kept adjusting his amp throughout. Then they cut the power to the stage so he'd stop.
  3. micgtr71


    Dec 4, 2012
    I remember hearing that there was before Jaco bass and after Jaco bass. I remember when I first heard his solo album...from a guy who actually employed him in the early 70s. I was blown away. Then I heard Weather Report. I don't Like them. Never could warm up to it. Bass players would tell me that it was sacrilege to say I didn't like it. I remember listening to Jaco's solo with the chorus pedal. I do not like chorus on bass. Again, sacrilege.

    Give me his first solo album. Invitation. Word of Mouth. I still don't like Weather Report. Zawinul and Shorter with Miles, wonderful. Weather Report...well,...
  4. esa372

    esa372 Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    So, if I've heard about Carl Sagan, then I'm "obviously pretty serious about" astrophysics?

    :eyebrow: :confused:
  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I'm sorry. Who is this Jaco you speak of?

    Cool story. Quick as possible.

    Steve Bailey told this story at Victor Wooten's bass camp.
    Steve and Jaco jamming in Jaco's apartment. Jaco on drums, Steve on bass. Jaco without skipping a beat yells "Teen Town!" and keeps playing. Steve just looks confused. Jaco again yells "TEEN TOWN!" Steve is just staring like a deer in the headlights. Jaco stops playing and yells "Play Teen Town dude!" Steve says "I don't know how to tell you this man, but I don't know any of your songs." Jaco comes out from behind the drums a hugs Steve and says "That's why I like you man. You're not out there trying to be me."

    Even Jaco didn't want everybody to play like him.
  6. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    That's an amusing story, I would posit that 99.99% of bass players who have "heard of Jaco" can't play like him.
  7. A better example would be if I understand the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle then I'm pretty serious about chemistry, but yes. People just make the syllogism on their own. It's very weird.
  8. Nope, but a lot of them "try" to.
  9. I don't but I guess I realized mentioning it had that effect early on, so I've tested it out a lot since then.
  10. JamesGoodall


    Aug 29, 2011
    Contrarily, if you haven't heard of him, or don't like him, you must not be very serious about bass... Another thing I don't get. The man had chops of a god, no denying that, but it just didn't do it for me. I can still respect mad skill in music I don't like though.
  11. I was the same about WR until Zawinul passed away a few years ago and they played Birdland and Barbary Coast on the radio. I suddenly realised what a treasure trove of Jaco awesomeness I'd been missing out on. Now I have all their albums and I listen to them all the time. I now appreciate Zawinul for the gifted harmonic and melodic genius that he was. I was too young and/or stupid to recognise it at the time.
  12. Einherjar


    Dec 1, 2012
    Lakewood, CO
    +1. I listen to his stuff to try and figure out how he's doing it without looking it up. And I enjoy that. Most of the songs don't do anything for me emotionally though. Same way I feel about Tool. I respect them as artists and musicians but by the time I'm on track five of their album I just want to tear my hair out cause it all sounds the same.
  13. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    Hey guys, you know afew years back those 'shred series' videos were pretty popular on youtube? Like, if you typed in 'coldplay shreds'. If will show the band's music being dubbed over with the band playing random notes etc.

    One day, I decided to check out the 'Jaco shreds' video. The funny thing was, I couldnt really tell if it was real or if it was dubbed over with the intention of humour. : XXX
  14. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    Like him, learn him, or not, Jaco changed the game for everyone who played EB. That's a rare thing, hence the effect.
  15. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    But why then does the same not happen when mentioning jamerson?
  16. Speaking of Jaco. This just came up in my youtube feed. Jonas Hellborg playing around with Jaco's bass at NAMM
  17. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    I actually walked by the Warwick booth while this was happening. Had no idea it was the actual bass of doom tho.
  18. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    Weather Report was the greatest of the fusion groups, the writing skill of both Zawinul and Shorter was amazing, in addition to them both being legendary jazz players. Add Jaco to the mix and you've got three unbelievable jazz gods playing incredibly tuneful music.
  19. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    :rollno: ...poor Miroslav and Alphonso. There was great bass playing in Weather Report prior to Jaco and with Zawinal Syndicate after Jaco. Linley Marthe was doing more than just trying to copy Jaco.

  20. nightingale


    Mar 26, 2012
    Hmm.. I've heard of him, listened to him, and watched old tapes of him playing, but I don't like the music he plays therefore I don't try to "be like Jaco".