The life and times of the flamboyant Florida bassist/composer, JACO PASTORIUS, are vivdly chronicled in a keenly anticipated new feature-length documentary, Jaco, produced by Metallica member, Robert Trujillo.
Born in Pennsylvania, Pastorius rose to fame when he joined fusion giants WEATHER REPORT in 1976, his distinctive Fender fretless bass making an immediate indelible impact on the band’s ‘Black Market’ LP. The bassist’s presence was even stronger on its successor, 1977’s ‘Heavy Weather,’ where he contributed the classic song ‘Teen Town.’ A mercurial genius, Pastorius left Weather Report in ’82 to pursue solo ambitions but struggled to cope with his fame and succumbed to alcohol and drug abuse. He was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in ’82 and five years later, in 1987, he was tragically killed in a violent confrontation with a nightclub bouncer in 1987. He was just 35.
The film etches an intimate portrait that intersperses clips of the influential bassist (including never-seen-before family archive footage) with insightful interviews by Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Carlos Santana, Bootsy Collins, and numerous others.
Jaco will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray on November 27th
See the trailer here: