Watch Jaco Pastorius go from funk to fuzz in one of his most groundbreaking bass solos

Jaco Pastorius (1951 - 1987) performing with Weather Report at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois, November 15, 1978.
(Image credit: Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

On September 29, 1978, Weather Report took to the stage in Offenbach, Germany, with the seminal fusion band’s most celebrated lineup of keyboardist Joe Zawinul, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, drummer Peter Erskine and bassist Jaco Pastorius.

Dressed in bright-red pants, long hair swinging wildly, Jaco’s solo spot is delivered with metaphorical blood, plenty of sweat and probably a few tears too, and is still one of the most exciting wakeup calls for young bass players everywhere.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.