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GONE TOO SOON - Jazz Legends who died young

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Fiftyfifty

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I'll listen to the ones that I have with new ears now. For example, I just realised that Wes Montgomery's Smokin at the half note features the full Miles Davis rhythm section - Chambers, Kelly and Cobb. Interesting to hear what Wes does in place of Miles!
 

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I'll listen to the ones that I have with new ears now. For example, I just realised that Wes Montgomery's Smokin at the half note features the full Miles Davis rhythm section - Chambers, Kelly and Cobb. Interesting to hear what Wes does in place of Miles!
you"ve got me onto it too. count me in:)
 

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Was taken back to the conversation about money and fame and all with Jazz artists of the time. Excerpts from Albert Ayler in an interview,

“I’m a new star, according to a magazine in England,” Ayler said, “and I don’t even have fare to England. Record royalties? I never see any. Oh, maybe I’ll get $50 this year. One of my albums, Ghosts, won an award in Europe. And the company didn’t even tell me about that. I had to find out another way.”

“That’s what they call the testing period,” Don volunteered. “First you get exploited while the music is being examined to see if it has any value. Then when they find there’s an ideology behind it, that there’s substance to it, they’ll accept it as a new form.”

 

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I just love this Clifford Brown interview by Willis Conover! Just listen to this guy's humility, modesty and his respect of other trumpeters like Gillespie, Miles and Fats Navarro. Just shows that he was more than just a great jazz musician:

Thanks for the great interview @Fiftyfifty .A Study in Brown is on repeat in Spotify and I like his slightly thickish tonality of the horn . Did someone say that bop was more technique than melody? Well ........ This is as melodic as it can be.A great loss indeed.
 

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Hi,

This one's long overdue:

He introduced himself saying “I'm John Francis Pastorius III. I'm the greatest bass player in the world”


Ever heard a bass guitar sound like that??? He has been called "the most important and ground-breaking electric bassist in history"


A few facts on Jaco:

  • Innovative bassist who incorporated lyrical solos, artificial harmonic techniques and Afro-Cuban bass lines in his performance
  • Unique, hard hitting sound – a result of his playing style, fretless bass, equipment and special effects
  • Played a Fender Jazz Bass guitar with no frets and with a powerful stage presence. For him, the bass guitar was never part of the (rhythm section
  • Spread powder on the stage so he could dance like James Brown
  • Was the star of several Weather Report albums, including Black Market and Heavy Weather. Recorded the hit Birdland
  • Also recorded solo albums and left WR in 1982. Toured with a 21 piece band ‘Word of Mouth’
  • He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in late 1982. He had shown signs of bipolar disorder before his diagnosis, but these signs were dismissed as eccentricities, character flaws, and by Pastorius himself as a normal part of his freewheeling personality.
  • As alcohol and drug problems dominated his life, he had trouble finding work, finding people who would tolerate his shenanigans, and he wound up homeless.
  • Killed in 1987 in a fight with a club bouncer
Pastorius developed a self-destructive habit of provoking bar fights and allowing himself to be beaten up. After sneaking onstage at a Carlos Santana concert on September 11, 1987 and being ejected from the premises, he made his way to the Midnight Bottle Club in Wilton Manors, Florida. After reportedly kicking in a glass door, having been refused entrance to the club, he was in a violent confrontation with Luc Havan, the club's bouncer who had a black belt in karate. Left comatose on the street for several hours, Pastorius was hospitalized for multiple facial fractures, injuries to his right eye and left arm. There were encouraging signs that he would come out of the coma and recover, but they soon faded. His family withdrew life support after 10 days

Almost twenty years after his death, Fender released the Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass, a fretless instrument in its Artist Series.

Would like to hear more from Jaco and Weather Report fans.

Cheers!
 

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Hi,

This one's long overdue:

He introduced himself saying “I'm John Francis Pastorius III. I'm the greatest bass player in the world”


Ever heard a bass guitar sound like that??? He has been called "the most important and ground-breaking electric bassist in history"


A few facts on Jaco:

  • Innovative bassist who incorporated lyrical solos, artificial harmonic techniques and Afro-Cuban bass lines in his performance
  • Unique, hard hitting sound – a result of his playing style, fretless bass, equipment and special effects
  • Played a Fender Jazz Bass guitar with no frets and with a powerful stage presence. For him, the bass guitar was never part of the (rhythm section
  • Spread powder on the stage so he could dance like James Brown
  • Was the star of several Weather Report albums, including Black Market and Heavy Weather. Recorded the hit Birdland
  • Also recorded solo albums and left WR in 1982. Toured with a 21 piece band ‘Word of Mouth’
  • He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in late 1982. He had shown signs of bipolar disorder before his diagnosis, but these signs were dismissed as eccentricities, character flaws, and by Pastorius himself as a normal part of his freewheeling personality.
  • As alcohol and drug problems dominated his life, he had trouble finding work, finding people who would tolerate his shenanigans, and he wound up homeless.
  • Killed in 1987 in a fight with a club bouncer
Pastorius developed a self-destructive habit of provoking bar fights and allowing himself to be beaten up. After sneaking onstage at a Carlos Santana concert on September 11, 1987 and being ejected from the premises, he made his way to the Midnight Bottle Club in Wilton Manors, Florida. After reportedly kicking in a glass door, having been refused entrance to the club, he was in a violent confrontation with Luc Havan, the club's bouncer who had a black belt in karate. Left comatose on the street for several hours, Pastorius was hospitalized for multiple facial fractures, injuries to his right eye and left arm. There were encouraging signs that he would come out of the coma and recover, but they soon faded. His family withdrew life support after 10 days

Almost twenty years after his death, Fender released the Jaco Pastorius Jazz Bass, a fretless instrument in its Artist Series.

Would like to hear more from Jaco and Weather Report fans.

Cheers!
I never knew bass guitar could be played this way till I heard Jaco. Inspired me to learn bass when everyone want to play lead!

While his work with Weather Report caught everyone's attention, I would like to highlight two tracks coincidentally both from 1976. First one from his self-titled album Donna Lee (which is probably the most difficult piece on bass and not originally a guitar piece) and the second is the title track from Bright Size Life with Pat Metheny on the later's debut album. Jaco would have been as accomplished a bassist if he had just played just these two tracks and nothing else!
 
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