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Larry Warrilow, orchestrator, engineer, and Jaco's longtime musical collaborator and friend: "More than 25 years after much of the music was first performed, Jaco's music continues to speak for itself. It still makes a powerful impression on concert audiences and provides a unique platform for virtuosic musicians to project their own solo creativity.
"It was always interesting and sometimes surprising to see what he was currently working on. I've always felt that I was very lucky to be in the right time and place to be able to share the many deadlines in getting the large ensemble music ready, whether for record dates or live performance."
Gerald Veasley, bassist and member of the Jaco Pastorius Big Band: "There's hardly a bass player alive that doesn't owe gratitude to Jaco for how he changed the role of the bass. Moreover, Jaco left an indelible mark on the music world as an uncompromising artist and composer. It's hard to comprehend that it's been 20 years since his untimely passing. The music Jaco created during his brief lifetime sounds just as fresh and urgent today as it ever did."
Bob Mintzer, saxophonist and member of the Yellowjackets and the Jaco Pastorius Big Band: "Playing with Jaco was quite the adventure. His revolutionary bass playing and composing prowess made for a challenging musical setting, where we were all called upon to play beyond our usual abilities. His music is still vital and fresh today."