Jaco Pastorius was a maestro of the electric bass. Fluid and dynamic, he made his bass sing with sinewy shamanic algorithms. These serpent-like lines ran sotto narrative under, over, and behind the high hat and the soprano soaring Joni Mitchell’s guitar lines and soaring vocals.

Here is a small taste of the Joni and Jaco on-stage chemistry. BTW: Pat Matheney is on guitar, not slouch himself.

My favorite Joni Mitchell and Jaco selections for you

My early exposure to Joni Mitchell was, Judy Collins cover of Joni’s, Both Sides Now song. Many years later I discovered the perfect all the way thru masterpiece, Blue. Some artists release their most impactful work early in their career, before the industry makes their mark. Think of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, now listen to Joni Mitchell’s Blue. I promise you if you enjoyed the River video above you will love Blue.

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Death Valley National Park, United States Published on September 28, 2017 NIKON CORPORATION, NIKON D5500 Free to use under the Unsplash License We drove trough a desert in Death Valley as we found three coyotes relaxing from their hunt. As I took the photos the coyote watched me carefully. As he stood up and walked in my directon I had to elude. The situation got even more dangerous as the other two also came in my direction. I watched them carefully and backed out to get back in the car which was about 50 ft behind me. The coyotes followed me. As we drove away the coyotes still watched us.

JACO PASTORIUS – Blues Jam – Live 1985


JACO PASTORIUS – Blues Jam – Live 1985 Jaco Pastorius (Bass) John Scofield (Guitar) Kenny Dennard (Drums)