Posted by Dave Rawlings on January 26, 2002 at 23:30:57:
In Reply to: jaco ???/ posted by PHIL on January 26, 2002 at 20:03:22:
My two cents worth>>>
Jaco, a bass god? To some, yes. To others, yes but with reservations. I've been playing since '69 but never heard of him as the master he was until only a few years ago. Like you, I tended to follow the likes of other players like Jack Bruce, Tim Bogart, Lee Dorman, Ron Carter, Felix Papilardi, etc. In my opinion, I think what Jaco did was to bring the bass to the forefront of any band as more than just an instrument that kept time and laid down the groove. He made it a solo instrument with a feel of its own. He did things that others had either never heard of or thought could be done with a bass. He was also a master composer. And he proved that as well in the many compositions he recorded with Weather Report and others. I think he was a an excellent player both technically and musically. But since I can't come close to playing his style, I tend to look on him as inspiration more than someone to emulate.
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