Legendary Jazz Bassist Jaco Pastorius Gets Stephen Kijack Documentary Film Tribute in 'Jaco,' Robert Trujillo to Finance

By Ian Holubiak on Feb 26, 2014 03:46 PM EST

Sweet. Bass guitar virtuoso Jaco Pastorius will be the focus of Stephen Kijak's new documentary.

The film will be the official selection of this year's Record Store Day, and Omnivore Records--on a separate note--will release a collection of found sessions by the bassist from 1976.

Modern American Music...Period!: The Criteria Sessions contains 11 tracks recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami during a series of jam sessions. Jaco--who completed the Weather Report outfit, performed with Joni Mitchell and went on to become one of the most celebrated bass guitarists in the world--revolutionized the way the instrument was played.

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo will help finance Jaco, producing alongside the Pastorius estate.

Omnivore, also, will issue the album on CD and multi-colored LP (with a download card, of course) on April 19.

Perhaps the last jazz bassist to truly have done so, Pastorius had a far and wide-reaching impact on musicians around the globe. He worked with Pat Metheny brilliantly. And speaking of Joni Mitchell, it was her Hejira album that probably most launched him into stardom.

In an interview at NAMM, Trujillo said about Sessions, "it's a statement that lets you know you are experiencing a powerful historical musical moment."

"Jaco's facility, his style alone, took you on a trip that remains new and fresh. The attitude and edge is pure," he continued.

Which is why is sucks so bad the his death was brought about by sneaking into a Carlos Santa concert. Not cool, Luc Havan. Definitely not cool.

To wit, here is a performance of "Dolphin Dance" by the Ft. Lauderdale Flash, himself.

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