Jaco's tragic life ...and death

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Posted by El Pájaro on August 08, 2000 at 06:28:30:

In Reply to: Need a History Lesson-Jaco posted by Kev on August 07, 2000 at 18:04:08:

: Hey there,

: I recently read a book on guitar which listed several influential guitarist and their accomplishments and to my surprise this guitar-focused book also listed Jaco and Stanley Clark. The blurb on Jaco said he died outside of a nightclub as the result of a violent incident. Does anyone know the details of what happened? I'm not trying to be morbid I'm just the curious type and after buying a couple of CD's featuring his playing I need to know why he was taken from us, it's really disturbing. The same blurb said he had problems with drugs so maybe it was drug related? Grasshopper seeks knowlegde.

: Thanks again to those who replied to my Carvin Bass question. I followed your advice and went to music stores trying out all kinds of basses and ended up bonding with a Warwick Corvette after trying about 10 different Corvettes at 3 different stores. It's so well made, easy to play, and the wood so attractive and dense(bubinga body) I just fell in love with the thing. It's so heavy and sturdy I think it would be equally effective as a medevil weapon and for some reason that appealed to me, I like jazz so go figure.

Hi there Kev,
What you read about Jaco's last days is correct. He was killed by a nightclub doorman who didn't know who's skull he was crushing.
Just to set the record straight, though, let me tell you Jaco was affected by a condition called manic depression, he was hospitalized several times before dying, and in his last days he was under treatment with a very heavy drug called lithium, which has terrible side effects on the organism. Whether he did recreational drugs or not at the same time, I don't know, and, frankly, I don't think it has any relevance. Looking back in perspective, it looks like Jaco's path was set somehow.
Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix. And, yes, Warwicks are sweet indeed.

El Pájaro.

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