Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release “Jaco: Original Soundtrack” on Friday, November 27. It is a single-disc collection of music from the forthcoming documentary film “Jaco”, which was executive-produced by world-renowned METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo in association with Passion Pictures, and directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak. The documentary, which chronicles the brief-but-extraordinary life of the great American musician/composer Jaco Pastorius, will be available via VOD, streaming services, and digital download on Friday, November 27, along with the official DVD/Blu-ray release in association with Record Store Day and Black Friday 2015.
“Jaco: Original Soundtrack” premieres three brand-new recordings including two riveting interpretations of Jaco classics: “Come On Come Over” by MASS MENTAL (featuring Robert Trujillo, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Flea, Whit Crane, Benji Webbe, Stephen Perkins and C-Minus) and “Continuum” by RODRIGO Y GABRIEL; and “Shine”, the new track by Tech N9ne containing a sample of “Kuru”, as recorded by Jaco Pastorius.
Produced by Trujillo and Jaco’s eldest son John Pastorius IV, “Jaco: Original Soundtrack” brings together 16 essential recordings including Jaco Pastorius solo tracks, WEATHER REPORT masterpieces and musical collaborations with Joni Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Herbie Hancock and more. The album offers music fans the rare evocative sonic soundscape “Longing”, featuring Jaco’s daughter Mary Pastorius (voxcals), Chuck Doom (bass), Robert Thomas, Jr. (hand drums/drum kit) and God (rain/thunder).
“Jaco: Original Soundtrack” includes liner notes on Jaco Pastorius penned by Robert Trujillo and album co-producer Chuck Doom.
“Jaco: Original Soundtrack” track listing:
01. Come On, Come Over – Jaco Pastorius
02. Continuum – Jaco Pastorius
03. River People – WEATHER REPORT
04. Teen Town – WEATHER REPORT
05. Portrait Of Tracy – Jaco Pastorius
06. The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines (Live Version) – Joni Mitchell
07. All American Alien Boy – Ian Hunter
08. Liberty City (with Herbie Hancock) – Jaco Pastorius
09. Okonkole Y Trompa – Jaco Pastorius
10. Barbary Coast – WEATHER REPORT
11. Crisis – Jaco Pastorius
12. Longing – Mary Pastorius
13. Nineteen Eighty Seven – †††
14. Shine – Tech N9ne
15. Continuum – RODRIGO Y GABRIELA
16. Come On Come Over – Mass Mental (featuring Robert Trujillo, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Flea, Whit Crane, Benji Webbe, Stephen Perkins & C-Minus)
“Jaco” was the subject of a successful PledgeMusic campaign which concluded at the end of September.
The official Record Store Day film of 2014, “Jaco” had its world premiere earlier this year at Austin, Texas’s SXSW Film Conference & Festival, accompanied by a panel discussion featuring filmmakers Trujillo and Marchand as well as longtime Pastorius collaborator Peter Erskine (WEATHER REPORT, WORD OF MOUTH) and “Jaco” executive producer John Pastorius.
“Jaco” has since earned applause at a number of major festivals, including the inaugural Asbury Park Music in Film Festival and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The film “[captures] the essence of what made Jaco such an influential artist,” declared the Montreal Gazette, praising “the glowing words of Marchand’s interviewees and the many recorded and live musical excerpts that he lets speak for themselves” and hailing “Jaco” as “an enlightening introduction to a groundbreaking musician.”
“Jaco” tells the remarkable and tragic tale of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger-than-life musician who single-handedly changed the course of modern music by redefining the sound and the role of the electric bass guitar. Never-before-seen 8mm film, photographs, and audio recordings unveil the true story behind Pastorius‘ all-too-brief life, his music, and heartbreaking end.
“Jaco” follows Pastorius‘ beginnings and ascent, from his era-defining work with jazz-fusion pioneers WEATHER REPORT to crossover collaborations with Joni Mitchell and Ian Hunter to his own inspired solo career as bandleader and composer. Highlighted by exclusive material from the Pastorius family archive, the film features memories and encomiums from a spectrum of Jaco fans and followers, including Joni Mitchell, Sting, Flea, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, and many others.
Speaking about his involvement with the film, Trujillo told Grammy Pro: “I’ve been friends with Jaco Pastorius’s son since 1996 — Johnny Pastorius, the eldest son. And I remember when I first met him, I said, ‘Some day, you’ve gotta make a film about your father,’ because his influence is so broad. I mean, I know so many musicians that are actually funk players or rock players, gospel musicians, jazz that are influenced by Jaco. So it’s not one-dimensional; it’s really very wide and broad. And it’s just great to be able to reach out to a lot of various types of legendary jazz players as well as rock players — jazz players like Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, as well as Geddy Lee and Sting and then Flea… and many others.”
He added: “I feel that this project has been a grassroots journey — very ‘mom-and-pop,’ so to speak — and we’ve had a lot of challenges along the way. And to be where we are now — almost ready to release this and we’ve had a lot of challenges along the way. And to be where we are now — almost ready to release this — it’s very special and also very rewarding. So it’s been quite a journey for me.”