Personnel: Jaco Pastorius (bass guitar); Edie Lehmann, Mary Pastorius, Zedric Turnbough, John Pastorius, Petsye Powell, Dave Prater, Jim Gilstrap, John Lehman, Alfie Silas, Sam Moore, Myrna Matthews, Marti McCall (vocals); Larry Carlton (guitar); Gerald Vinci, William Hymanson, Stuart Canin, Harold Kohon, David Nadien, Harry Cykman, Paul Gershman, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin (violin); Manny Vardi, Stewart Clarke, Allan Harshman, Julian Barber, Denyse Buffum (viola); Dennis Karmazyn, Beverly Lauridsen, Ray Kelley, Charles McCracken , Kermit Moore (cello); Hubert Laws, James Walker (flute); Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Abe Most (clarinet); Tom Scott (bass clarinet); David Weiss (oboe); Robert Cowart (English horn); David Breidenthal (bassoon); Neal Bonsanti, Dan Bonsanti, Gary Lindsay (saxophone); David Sanborn, George Young (alto saxophone); Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer (tenor saxophone); Randy Emerick, Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone); Chuck Findley, Brian O'Flaherty, Bobby Findley, Melton Mustafa, Randy Brecker, Snooky Young, Warren Luening, Kenneth Faulk, Brett Murphey, Ron Tooley (trumpet); William Lane, Jerry Peel, Steve Roitstein, John Clark , Peter Gordon , Brad Warnaar (French horn); David Bargeron, Dave Bargeron, Russ Freeland, Jim Pugh , Mike Katz, Charles Loper, Lew McCreary (trombone); Peter Graves , David Taylor , William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (bass trombone); Tommy Johnson (tuba); Alex Darqui (Fender Rhodes piano); Michael Boddicker (synthesizer); Joe Zawinul (ARP synthesizer); Wayne Shorter (lyricon); Bruce Bransby, Arni Egilsson (double bass); Chester Thompson , Harvey Mason, Sr. , Jack DeJohnette, Lenny White, Alex Acu¤a, Narada Michael Walden, Peter Erskine, Steve Gadd , Tony Williams , Bob Moses, Bobby Economou (drums); Manolo Badrena, Bobby Thomas (congas); Paul Hornmuller, Leroy Williams , Othello Molineaux (steel pan); Airto Moreira, Emil Richards, Bill Summers, Robert Thomas, Oscar Salas, Bobbye Hall (percussion); Don Alias (bells); London Symphony Orchestra.
Additional personnel: Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny (guitar); Michel Colombier (electric piano); Herbie Hancock (Clavinet); Weather Report.
Authors: Flea ; Sting.
One of the most influential electric bassists of all time--in either jazz or rock--Jaco Pastorius virtually redefined the instrument during the 1970s and '80s. Pastorius pioneered a dynamic, agile style that emphasized melodic invention over steady, rhythmic pulses, and brought the bass line to the forefront in all his ensembles. Though his career and output were cut tragically short by his death in 1987, his influence has been immeasurable.
THE ESSENTIAL JACO PASTORIUS is the perfect introduction to Pastorius's style. The two-disc set also serves as an overview of the bass wizard's diverse output, covering his solo releases, his tenure with Weather Report, and his dates as a session musician (including two stunning tracks from Joni Mitchell's HEJIRA). There's an avalanche of dazzling playing on this generous, superbly selected compilation; it gives a brilliant, comprehensive testament to a legendary musician.