Jaco was a jazz bass player from Florida who changed the way musicians play the electric bass forever. He played a fretless bass and was one of the first players to focus on harmonics. He played the bass – not like a support instrument but as a soloist would play a guitar or trumpet. He taught himself to play all the parts of songs by Charlie Parker and Ornette Coleman. He was also influenced by Hendrix, Bach and the Beatles. He also had a larger than life personality and giant ego that propelled him to fame with Weather Report and Joni Mitchell. He eventually developed bipolar disorder. It made him impossible to work with and too unreliable to keep a job. He ended up homeless and on the street by 34. He died back home in Florida at 35 after being assaulted by a bouncer. RIP Jaco.
About Mac McRae
I am a digital illustrator who makes postmodern whimsical monsters, people, animals and fish for kids products and companies that are young at heart.