JACO: the Film
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JACO, a compelling story of prodigious talent, personal adventures and raw human vulnerability presents the world of the bass guitar phenomenon Jaco Pastorius through the eyes of his family and various musical collaborators. Produced by the Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, and directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak, this blistering biopic contains incredible unseen footage and photography from the Pastorius family archive, and takes viewers into the heart and soul of this hugely influential cross-genre artist. Featuring interviews with an array of artists (Flea, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee) and friends, 'JACO' unveils the story of his music, his life, his demise, and ultimately the fragility of great artistic genius.
Disc 1 features the full length film with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Running time: 1 hr. 57 min.
Disc 2 features DVD Extras - Outtakes, Anecdotes, and Stories - with 30 never-before-seen interviews with Joni Mitchell, Bobby Economou, Peter Erskine, Chuck Doom, Al DiMeola, Carlos Santana, Bootsy Collins, Geddy Lee, Herbie Hancock, Flea, Victor Wooten, Juan Alderete, Lenny White, Les Claypool, Mark Egan, Meshell Ndegeocello, Mike Stern, Nathan Watts, Randy Brecker, Richard Bona, Sting, Tommy Strand, Victor Bailey, Joe Diorio, Ira Sullivan, Bobby Colomby, Bob Moses, Anthony Jackson and Alphonso Johnson. They discuss Jaco's incredible contributions to music, the art of the bass and the boundaries of music, as well as Jaco the person. Hear stories about Jaco's earliest bands and classic recordings. Includes special footage used during the historic Hollywood Bowl (Jaco s World) Tribute Show 2015, plus many surprises. Running time: 1 hr. 40 min.
"Produced with a loving but honest grip... JACO is a fitting gift of afterlife." - Rolling Stone (David Fricke)
"Enough rare footage and flickering insight to feel like something special." - New York Times (Nate Chinen)
"A hugely evocative portrait." - Jazzwise (Mike Flynn)
"Well told and compelling." - Wall Street Journal (Jim Fusilli)
"A celebration despite the honest handling of Pastorius' tragic demise" "5 out of 5 Stars" Downbeat Magazine (John Ephland)
"It was the first time since Jaco left us that I felt as though I was able to spend two hours again with the man." - Peter Erskine.
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but even I had not seen all of them. There is much video of Jaco on stage with full-length performances, this is a documentary of his life peppered with enough snippets to lure in even those who are only interested in his music. Which could include Jaco as he makes it clear that his primary concern was where he was playing next. It certainly wasn't on money management or business dealings, which contributed greatly to his problems. He knew what he wanted in his music (even if the Industry refused to listen) but he had 2 wives and 4 kids to support. One night I was at Musicians Exchange Cafe talking with Jaco's brother Gregory and Jaco walked in. He just kept saying "what do they want from me?. Do they expect me to invent the electric bass, again?" Less that 10 years before, people were sitting there with their mouths hanging open in awe, and now they sat with their arms crossed saying "impress me" The "downfall" portion, if you want to call it that, is sad, but he accomplished/contributed more in his time on Earth than the rest of us will do if we live to be 100. Jaco was a deeply spiritual and even religious sole. ( he was an altar boy at St Clemens in Wilton Manors) The Bobby Thomas footage is very revealing regarding it being time to go. He started in Holiday Park and ended in Holiday Park. It would have been nice to have more in the documentary regarding the later days after the Twins, Felix and Julius (both very good musicians themselves) were born and the Jaco Pastorius Park which we helped bring to fruition just a few blocks from where Jaco grew up, but hey, it is still a great documentary of a simple yet very complex man who is still missed by many, including me.