Dear Robert Trujillo and everyone involved with the making of the documentary film Jaco, I want to thank you for such a beautiful, soulful experience.
For years I have tried unsuccessfully to assimilate the artistry of Jaco Pastorius. I realize now I was half-listening to his musical meaning. I wasn’t tuned in to what he was effectively communicating. It wasn’t until I saw Jaco’s life on-screen did I fathom the rich genius of his full spirit.
You can stare forever at a needle and thread but until it sews a tapestry before your eyes, only then can one appreciate how fine someone’s craftsmanship was meant to be.
I view Jaco’s bass playing evolution as that moving needle and thread. He sewed together important musical collaborations in the time he had with us. The film proved how integral Jaco was to Ian Hunter, Weather Report and Joni Mitchell’s renaissance with jazz.
I have dug deeper into Jaco Pastorius’s discography this weekend. Wow, I think I finally get it. I urge you to see Jaco and allow yourself to enter his continuum.