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Jaco Pastorius' bass guitar workshop in Martinique

December 1984

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Day 5  
Friday, December 14, 1984

On the right, Jaco was putting on a new set of Rotosound strings. I observed how Jaco put the outer strings first and the inner strings second. Jaco did not need the assistance of an electronic tuner. He liked to change strings before a important performance.

Only four students (Alan Brennan, Michel Hatzigeorgiou, Reno Steba and Angel Vicéns) showed up for the afternoon sound check. Jaco asked us to join him to perform "America the Beautiful" at the end of the show.
He invited Michel Hatzigeorgiou to play "Donna Lee" and Reno Steba to play "Continuum". These duets were the highlight of the night.


Jaco's Concert


     Drum solo
Broadway Blues
Improvising to jazz standards
Okonkole y Trompa, Purple Haze, improvisation
     Giant Steps
     Drum solo, Jaco introduced Rashied Ali
Jaco introduced himself
Fannie Mae
     Medley, improvisation, Alphi
Donna Lee with Michel Hatzigeorgiou
Continuum with Reno Steba
Harmonics with distortion, Naima, improvisation
     Drum solo
     So What?
     Distortion, walking bass, ended with Jimi Hendrix
     America the Beautiful with Angel M. Vicéns, Michel Hatzigeorgiou and Reno Steba.

Regarding this performance, Bill Milkowski wrote on pages 150-151 of the exemplary biography - The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius, "The Word's Greatest Bass Player"

Jaco and Rashied Ali "performances of Ornette Coleman's "Broadway Blues," Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze," Tadd Dameron's "If You Could See Me Now," Paul Mccartney's "Blackbird," and John Coltrane's "Naima" include some exhilarating moments."

"Jaco sounds focused and on top of his game during the course of this one-hour performance. He nonchalantly tosses off his famous from "Liberty City," "Portrait of Tracy," "Barbary Coast," "Teen Town" and "(Used to Be a) Cha-Cha" while dropping in quotes from "The Sound of Music," "The High and the Mighty," "Alfie," and "If I Only Had a Brain." And the drummer reacts to every statement Jaco throws his way."

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