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Jaco (2015)

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'JACO' tells the story of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger-than-life musician who changed the course of modern music. Never-before-seen archive unveils the story of Jaco's life, his ... See full summary »

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Stephen Kijak, Paul Marchand (as Mr. Paul Marchand)
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Credited cast:
Alex Acuna Alex Acuna ... Himself
Kenneth Alper Kenneth Alper ... Himself (as Dr. Kenneth Alper)
Randy Brecker Randy Brecker ... Himself
Delmar Brown Delmar Brown ... Himself
Wayne Cochran ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Bootsy Collins ... Himself
Bobby Colomby Bobby Colomby ... Himself
Miles Davis ... Himself (archive footage)
Kenwood Dennard Kenwood Dennard ... Himself
Al Di Meola Al Di Meola ... Himself
Bobby Economou Bobby Economou ... Himself
Peter Erskine ... Himself
Flea ... Himself
Jerry González ... Himself
Peter Graves Peter Graves ... Himself
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'JACO' tells the story of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger-than-life musician who changed the course of modern music. Never-before-seen archive unveils the story of Jaco's life, his music, his demise, and the lasting victory of artistic genius. Directed by Stephen Kijak and Paul Marchand and produced by Metallica bassist, and Pastorius fan Robert Trujillo.

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USA

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English

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3 December 2016 (Japan) See more »

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Жако See more »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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570th Review - The Fusion And The Fire
5 December 2015 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Jaco is a brilliant watch - anyone with a passing interest in music or artistic talent is always looking for clues to that elusive question What makes musical genius. Here, there are plenty of clues.

Jaco Pastorius single-handedly changed the bass as an instrument - his decision to remove the frets of his electric bass because of the Florida humidity, not only changed the sound, but also the timbre of the instrument - and this documentary uses previously unseen footage to document that change - and the man behind it.

Jaco has a great balance between interviews, footage, facts, and music - and for anyone who wonders where jazz went after Kind of Blue, without having to go through learning about Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman or Pharaoh Saunders, this kind of answers that question - it looks at fusion, and asks how rock and jazz came to live side by side.

More than that it focuses on the man - this slender reed that was a ball of energy heading to self-destruction - and gets close to some real understanding of his motivations, his demons, and his genius. No mean achievement.

This really does try to understand both the man and the music and it is a really fascinating, lively, and interesting watch. Definitely what a real music documentary should be.


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