Jaco Pastorius: Come on, come over
Our vinyl (doesn’t) weigh a ton (yet)
After years of playing mainly cd’s and digital, we have begun assembling an arsenal of vinyl. We’re far from having a large enough collection to actually make the transition from the two other mediums to the other when DJ’ing, but less will do. We’re by no means vinyl purist in the sense that we’ll totally abandon CDs and digital either. In our yes (and ears) each medium fits its particular purpose.
But admittedly, we do prefer the pleasant smell, the strange appealing tactility and last but not least, the sound that we get from vinyl over bits and bytes. Thus, we plan on sharing our love for the vinyl we buy with you guys on these pages. First up is “Jaco”, a stand out record that would introduce jazz to a whole new mainstream audience, helmed by the enigmatic bass player Jaco Pastorius.
Jaco Pastorius is universally recognized as one of the greatest bass players of all time, who in the span of 12 years, from 1975 until his untimely death in 1987 changed the face of jazz music forever. He played the electric bass predominantly, and his trademark style and technique would play a huge role in cementing the electric bass as a instrument in its own right within jazz music. During his active years he collaborated with Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, mighty Weather Report and many others.
Though Jaco Pastorius enjoyed huge success, especially in the beginning of his career, he was also a tragic figure. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, an illness that on the one hand may have played a large role in fuelling his creative output in ways that made his contribution to the great canon of jazz ground breaking in the truest sense of the word. On the other hand the illness lend a hand in his subsequent demise, where he spiralled out of control and ended his life at rock bottom, homeless and by the hand of a bouncer whom he had an altercation with, after being refused entry to a bar.
We bought the Jaco record not only because of its jazz attributes, but also because of the track “Come on, come over” where Jaco serves up a funky bass hook and the legendary RnBs singers Sam and Dave handle the vocal duties. The track is a strange mix of both funk, RnB and jazz, as a testament to the scope of Jaco Pastorius’ broad tastes. A true dance floor banger, that we’ll never tire off.
But hey, don’t take our word for it, check the song out for yourselves here