After about five years of work, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo is almost ready for the commercial release of his passion project, Jaco: The Movie. The documentary film chronicles the late bass legend Jaco Pastorius, who had a tremendous influence on Trujillo and was one of the leading inspirations behind his desire to pick up the bass. The film will be out Nov. 27 via VOD, streaming services, digital download as well as DVD/Blu-ray in association with Record Store Day and Black Friday. The official theatrical trailer can be viewed above.
Jaco features some of the world’s most accomplished musicians, including Flea, Carlos Santana, Geddy Lee and Sting, talking about the boundless influence of the film’s namesake. Trujillo described, “Our film tells the story of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger than life musician who made an undeniable impact on music, and reinvented the electric bass; giving the instrument a powerful dynamic voice that had both edge and beauty.”
In an interview with Full Metal Jackie, the Metallica bassist talked about his appreciation for Pastorius, stating, “So, we can get into a lot of the different levels in terms of composition and what he did for the instrument, but just the edge and attitude of the performance made me very excited about playing the bass. That was one of the starting points. There was mystery and excitement to the instrument and this guy was taking it there.
Coinciding with the film’s release will be Jaco: Original Soundtrack, which boasts 11 originals from the influential bassist along with collaborative covers and even original tracks sampling some of the musician’s work.
Metallica have been hard at work on their follow-up album to 2008’s Death Magnetic, giving small updates along the way. The biggest news came when guitarist Kirk Hammett estimated the album will be out next year or early 2017 at the worst.
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