Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Three Views Of A Secret
20 years ago this month, we lost the world's greatest bass player.
Hyperbole? Perhaps, in a subjective way...But no one can deny that there is bass before Jaco, and then there is all that came after.
In the late 1970's, I heard Jaco play with Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, and others. I was immediately struck by, above all, his unique instrumental voice obtained using nondescript tools - Often imitated, never duplicated.
For myself, he was the catalyst, opening the gateway to what an electric bass guitar could be...Anything one wants it to be.
It is a tragedy that he existed in an era so ignorant of the symptoms of perilous brain chemistry, and so overly tolerant of recreational drug abuse to the point of self-negation.
Yet his legacy lives on in the hands of all who play the instrument he called his own, whether they acknowledge it or not.
Who loves ya, baby?
'It ain't bragging if you can back it up':