Muster up genius and naugthiness then you get Jaco Pastorius.
He restructured the function of the bass in music in a way that has affected the outcome of countless musical projects to follow in his wake, he showed the world that there was an entirely different way to think of the bass function and what it meant. For this alone, Jaco earned a privileged place in the pantheon of jazz history cause he was absolutely a giant.
Mix up mental disturbs like bipolar disorder with heavy drugs, alcohol and stuff like that, no way you’ll soon reach the point of no return. During 80′s there weren’t any producer nor club that allowed him to play yet. It was 12 september ’87, completely drunk he was kicked out from Sunrise Music Theatre where Santana was playing, so he head towards Fort Lauderdale suburbs, then he crashed a club where he couldn’t get into cause he wasn’t a member, “The Midnight Bottle Club”; after a long lasting row, the bouncer hit him several times with martial strokes.
He would die after 9 days coma, useless to say that music world lost one of the most influential interpreter in the history of electric bass.
I discovered “Jaco Pastorius” album just a few days ago, i don’t play bass and i’m not a musician at all but the way he plays is just crazy. “Come On, Come Over” is more 70′s soul/funk than pure jazz, that’s might be why it jumped in my mind right away. You know there are songs whose tune you can absorb from the first listen; it’s groovy, mysterious and has something of tropical. Plus you got Herbie Hancock on piano, Wayne Shorter on saxophone, Don Alias on congas and bongos and Randy Brecker on trumpet…want some more?!
It’s ’95, there’s “Come On, Come Over” vynil on the desk and somebody wrote a note “handling with care”. Hey we got the duo Premier/KRS-One in studio, anything more explosive?! Nah..i don’t think so.
No one can call into question KRS-One MC skills and “Rappaz R N Dainja” can’t be touched lyrically cause wisdom comes correct, with purity, intelligence and clarity.
The whole album “KRS-One” itself is like a 3 point shot on the horn ring. It blends boombastic, underground and simply soul beats…all under the authority of a real master of ceremony.
It’s clear from first bars that this man is serious business, he says “In hip-hop’s atomic structure, I am the nucleus”, i say that other emcees can just rotate around him like electrons.