INCREDIBLE NEW MUSIC REVEALED IN LANDMARK RELEASE!
"Portrait of Jaco - The Early Years" takes you all the way back to the beginning when Jaco Pastorius was developing his sound, his chops, his style, and his writing skills...back to when he was brazenly ignoring all the rules and well on his way to re-defining the role and sound of the electric bass. Within this musical adventure you will hear all of Jaco's historical 'firsts' including his first experimental home recordings, his first record appearance, his earliest bands, his very beginnings as a soloist, and most importantly his never-before-heard first original compositions. You'll also hear Jaco's first "Original Demos" recorded in Miami in 1974.
This revealing audio biography is comprised primarily of never-before-heard recordings of Jaco throughout his early creative years in florida, however, the real magic in "Portrait" comes through the spoken words of Jaco himself, and the spoken words of family, close friend's and fellow musician's as they fondly look back at their special times together with Jaco. Highlighting all of the significant developments and various influences along the way, this rare collection of materials is the complete story of Jaco's early formative years.
As a fitting tribute, Portrait also includes classic recordings and exclusive interviews with Grammy award winning artists Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, Joe Zawinul, and Herbie Hancock. For the first time these accomplished veterans look back at their associations with Jaco and provide valuable insight into their historical collaborations.
Within this richly illustrated boxed set, "Portrait of Jaco" comes complete with an 80-page full-color booklet of exclusive photos and a seamless overview of text and liner notes that document the entire ten-year period during Jaco's inevitable rise to glory. Critically acclaimed, this inspirational fact driven story is the most comprehensive work that will ever be released on Jaco Pastorius.
"bob, POJ is completely, totally and mindblowingly great! it is everything i ever hoped it would be and so much more. you did an absolutely incredible job on it, and i am really really proud of you. this is history that you have created and it will live for ages as the definitive deal on our boy....it will be cherished for generations.
yeah bob!! GREAT JOB!"
- Pat Metheny
"Bob, I am still absolutely awestruck over this amazing work you have created - 'Portrait of Jaco - The Early Years.' And especially so, since I am only too aware of the seemingly endless hurdles you have endured in order to bring this masterpiece to fruition. By holding steadfastly to your vision - despite all obstacles, neigh-sayers, and disbelievers - you have given not just my family, but the entire world a gift that will be treasured for generations. In one fell swoop - like a beacon in the night - POJ manages to cut through the darkness that engulfed my father's later years and shine a clear and brilliant light on the promise of those early years which shone as brightly as my Dad's beaming smile, and the South Florida sun. 'Portrait of Jaco' IS the World's greatest anthology and quite possibly the most important work that will ever be done on my father. And Bob, nobody - not a Major label - NOBODY on earth could have pulled this off but you. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!"
Your friend always,
- Mary Pastorius
Thank you! Finally a LEGITIMATE posthumous release celebrating the great master. I had the fortune of being around Jaco when he was at his best. I was also around when he was at his lowest, and some of the various "walkman tapes" and so-called "lost sessions" that have been released do a great disservice to his incredible legacy. POJ puts them all to shame. Hearing the seeds of so many of my favorite Jaco moments is a heart stopping experience. Listening to his development is awe inspiring, and motivates me to pick up my bass every day and still dream.
Once again kudos to Bob Bobbing. He should get an award for this!!!!!!!!
PUBLISHED EXPERT REVIEWS ON POJ:
Audiogrid Review by Steve Ekblad -
Greenman Review by David Kidney -
All Music Guide Review by Thom Jurek -
Bassplaza.com - Review by Dann Glenn-