Edit (BB): Since the question of Jaco's greatness comes up a lot and people are unlikely to change their answers, I'll just merge new posts on the subject to this one, creating a "zombie" thread. Who knows when he'll attack next? So since coming to these boards, I've heard over and over and over and over again that Jaco is the best bass player in the world. Now I wanted to see for myself, so I typed jaco into google and got jaco pastorius, and a picture of an extremely ugly dude, whith a jazz. so I figured it was him. after searching around for a while, I finally found some videos of him playing. Please let this thread die.. I see I shouldn't have post this. DISCLAIMER---- this thread is not intended to offend anyone. please change my opinion. I came up with all this weather report stuff.. that was a little weird? I found something labeled "black market"? does that sound familiar? the onlything that I could find that indecated it was any type of music, was that they would all play a loud screatching noise at the same time peridically. any other time, they all just seemed to be pecking at their instruments... and the drummer would go off on some wild smashing tangents that did not fit. at all. the whole time I was listening to it, it reminding me of the napoleon dynomite theme... all accept without a beat in the background to hold it together. The second thing I found was a video of a solo of his at a jazz fest in 1980. ...well, if you can call it a solo. I don't understand why people enjoyed this so much... what did he do that made him a good bassist? all he did was tap his fretboard A LOT.. walk around the stage, and every now and then play some scale... tap some more.. make some weird noises in the area of the 18th fret, and then start tapping again? working in my field, I have met a lot of bassist that could easily play on par with what I heard from these two videos. so change my mind. why is jaco so good? why do you TBers see him as a god? did I just see 2 really bad videos? does he have better days?