Song of the Day: Jaco Pastorius – “The Chicken” (live)

Today marks the birthday of bass master Jaco Pastorius, who was born on this day in 1951. Pastorius died 20 years ago at the way-too-young age of 35 from injuries he sustained in a bar fight, but his impact was already well-intact. He used to call his bass the “Bass of Doom,” an instrument that was once stolen from him only to turn up after his death in 2006 at a music store. After Pastorious’s family unsuccessfully tried to get the bass back through legal channels, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo stepped in to help and paid a sum to help return the bass to Pastorious’s family. Pastorius played with a wide variety of artists, from his time with the jazz fusion band Weather Report to his work with Joni Mitchell as well as Ian Hunter, Herbie Hancock, and many others. Here he is in a funky, jazzy solo-headlining performance.

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