Songs We Love: Jaco Pastorius, 'Okonkole Y Trompa'

December 2, 2015 2:03 PM

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Songs We Love: Jaco Pastorius, 'Okonkole Y Trompa'

When I tell people, "I saw Jaco play," I'm sometimes held in the same kind of reverential wonder that I shower on those who saw John Coltrane. Such is the reverence for his prolific, genre-busting vision and killer chops (jazz speak for an intensely creative display of technical prowess).

Between roughly 1974 and 1986, bassist Jaco Pastorious blazed a trail across the music landscape, speaking mostly jazz but having grown up steeped in R&B. Along the way, Jaco used his trusty fret-less Fender bass to redefine the role of the bass guitar in improvised music. That vision is audible as ...

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