Musicians and music buffs certainly remember Jaco Pastorius, the bassist who single-handedly changed the instrument forever. But if you haven’t heard of him, he warrants some time on Youtube. His 1976 solo performance of “A Portrait of Tracy” – available on the site – is patently a work of genius. With long fingers, he coaxes a slow, variegated, melodic riff from his bass. The sounds are otherworldly and stunning, like a transmission from an advanced alien civilization. At the time, they were unprecedented: the result of physical modifications to the instrument and his... More >>>