09 apr 2014

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I bassisti migliori del mondo: Jaco Pastorius

Con Jaco Pastorius il basso passa da strumento di accompagnamento, a strumento solista.

Per questo ho messo Jaco Pastorius in cima a questa lista dei 100 bassisti più bravi di sempre, lista che ho ripreso da siti musicali, ma che mettevano il virtuoso americano 'solo' nei primi dieci, o non lo menzionavano affatto, solo perché specializzati in musica rock.
  Forse il fatto che suonava nei Weather Report di milesiana memoria, mi ha influenzato non poco, ma Jaco è stato veramente un grande, considerando anche la sua personalità. Jaco Pastorius suonava un basso senza tasti, e diventò un punto di riferimento per tutti i bassisti futuri, la sua tecnica virtuosa, grazie anche ai Weather Report e al jazz fusion che suonavano, riuscì ad entrare, indelebile, nella mente di milioni di ascoltatori, non certo perle sue vendite di dischi, che furono irrisorie, rispetto a tanti altri, ma proprio perchè il suo stile, la sua tecnica, furono ripresi dai più grandi bassisti rock, metal, e jazz che seguirono... Jaco Pastorius ebbe una vita difficile, soffriva di disturbo bipolare, cosa accentuata dalla tossicodipendenza e dall'alcool, questo gli fece in pratica giocare la carriera, a causa delle violenti liti con tutti quelli che gli stavano intorno, e morì a soli 36 anni, a causa di un banale pestaggio fatto da un buttafuori di un locale.
I bassisti migliori del mondo: Jaco Pastorius
Jaco Pastorius

Sopra: Black Market, cavallo di battaglia dei Weather Report, con la leggendaria bassline da capogiro, firmata Jaco Pastorius, in stile jazz-fusion, ma che io chiamo e chiamerò sempre jazz-rock Birdland, dei Weather Report dal vivo, siamo nel 1978, in Germania, ho ascoltato i weather report dal vivo più di una volta, ma ormai jaco Pastorius non c'era più, e non è stato più lo stesso, quello che dava a questa band con il suo basso, Joe Zawinul e Wayne Shorter, non sono più riuscito a ritrovarlo... Questo magnifico pezzo fu ripreso dai manhattan transfert, e divenne un successo mondiale intorno ai primi anni '80.
  1. Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report, others) 
  2. James Jamerson (Funk Brothers, session work) - Essential record: What's Going On? (Marvin Gaye) (1971)
  3. John Entwistle (The Who) - Essential record: Live at Leeds, Deluxe Edition (The Who) (1970, 2001)
  4. Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone) - Essential record: There's a Riot Going On (Sly & The Family Stone) (1971)
  5. Tony Levin (King Crimson, Liquid Tension Experiment, Peter Gabriel, solo, other projects, session work) - Essential record: So (Peter Gabriel) (1986)
  6. Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings, solo) - Essential record: Abbey Road (The Beatles) (1969)
  7. Chris Squire (Yes, solo) - Essential record: Fragile (Yes) (1972)
  8. Bootsy Collins (Parliament, Funkadelic, Bootsy's Rubber Band, James Brown, solo, other projects) - Essential record: Mothership Connection (Parliament) (1976)
  9. Jack Bruce (Cream, solo, other projects) - Essential record: Wheels of Fire (Cream) (1968)
  10. Geddy Lee (Rush) - Essential record: Moving Pictures (Rush) (1981)
  11. Donald "Duck" Dunn (Booker T & The M.G.'s, session work) - Essential record: Otis Blue, Otis Redding Sings Soul (Otis Redding) (1965)
  12. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers, session work) - Essential record: Mother's Milk (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (1989)
  13. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath, solo) - Essential record: Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath) (1970)
  14. Les Claypool (Primus, Oysterhead, solo, other projects) - Essential record: Sailing the Seas of Cheese (Primus) (1991)
  15. Louis Johnson (Brothers Johnson, session work) - Essential record: Off the Wall (Michael Jackson) (1979)
  16. Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead) - Essential record: Live/Dead (Grateful Dead) (1969)
  17. Willie Dixon (Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Howlin Wolf, Bo Diddley, solo - Essential record: The Great Twenty-Eight (Chuck Berry) (1982)
  18. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin, solo) - Essential record: Led Zeppelin II (Led Zeppelin) (1970)
  19. Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) - Essential record: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (Iron Maiden) (1988)
  20. Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges, solo) - Essential record: Contemplating the Engine Room (solo) (1997)
  21. John Wetton (King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Asia, U.K., solo, other projects) - Essential record: Starless and Bible Black (King Crimson) (1974)
  22. Aston "Family Man" Barrett (Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Wailers Band, solo) - Essential record: Catch a Fire (Bob Marley & The Wailers) (1973)
  23. Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) - Essential record: Bless It's Pointed Little Head (Jefferson Airplane) (1969)
  24. Cliff Burton (Metallica) - Essential record: Master of Puppets (Metallica) (1986)
  25. Bob Babbitt (Funk Brothers, session work) - Essential record: Sky's the Limit (The Temptations) (1971)
  26. Carol Kaye (session work) - Essential record: Pet Sounds (The Beach Boys) (1966)
  27. John Deacon (Queen) - Essential record: The Game (Queen) (1980)
  28. Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson) - Essential record: Brain Salad Surgery (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) (1973)
  29. Billy Cox (Band of Gypsys, Jimi Hendrix) - Essential record: Band of Gypsys (Band of Gypsys) (1970)
  30. Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power) - Essential record: Tower of Power (Tower of Power) (1973)
  31. Chuck Rainey (session work) - Essential record: Aja (Steely Dan) (1977)
  32. Bernard Odum and "Sweet" Charles Sherrell (James Brown, session work) - Essential record: 20 All-Time Greatest Hits! (James Brown) (1991)
  33. Roger Glover (Deep Purple, Rainbow, solo) - Essential record: Made in Japan (Deep Purple) (1972)
  34. Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + The Mechanics, solo) - Essential record: Foxtrot (Genesis) (1972)
  35. Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order, session work) - Essential record: Closer (Joy Division) (1980)
  36. George Porter, Jr. (The Meters, Runnin' Pardners, session work) - Essential record: Rejuvenation (The Meters) (1974)
  37. Mick Karn (Japan) - Essential record: Tin Drum (Japan) (1981)
  38. Berry Oakley (Allman Brothers Band) - Essential record: At Fillmore East (Allman Brothers Band) (1971)
  39. Sting (The Police, solo) - Essential record: Zenyatta Mondatta (The Police) (1980)
  40. Paul Simonon (The Clash, other projects) - Essential record: London Calling (The Clash) (1979)
  41. Andy Rourke (The Smiths, session work) - Essential record: Meat is Murder (The Smiths) (195)
  42. Bill Black (Elvis Presley, Bill Black's Combo) - Essential record: Elvis Presley (Elvis Presley) (1956)
  43. Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club) - Essential record: Fear of Music (Talking Heads) (1979)
  44. Bernard Edwards (Chic) - Essential record: Risque (Chic) (1979)
  45. Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings) - Essential record: Let it Bleed (Rolling Stone) (1969)
  46. Verdine White (Earth Wind & Fire, solo) - Essential record: That's the Way of the World (Earth Wind & Fire) (1975)
  47. Rick James (solo) - Essential record: Street Songs (solo) (1981)
  48. Billy Sheehan (Mr Big, David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, Niacin, solo, session work) - Essential record: Eat 'Em and Smile (David Lee Roth) (1986)
  49. Bruce Thomas (Elvis Costello & The Attractions) - Essential record: This Year's Model (Elvis Costello & The Attractions) (1978)
  50. Jah Wobble (Public Image Ltd., solo, other projects) - Essential record: Metal Box, Second Edition (Public Image Ltd.) (1980)
  51. Colin Moulding (XTC) - Essential record: Drums and Wires (XTC) (1979)
  52. Holger Czukay (Can, solo, other projects) - Essential record: Ege Bamyasi (Can) (1972)
  53. Bruce Foxton (The Jam, Stiff Little Fingers) - Essential record: All Mod Cons (The Jam) (1978)
  54. Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine, session work) - Essential record: Third (Soft Machine) (1970)
  55. George Murray (David Bowie, Iggy Pop, session work) - Essential record: Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (David Bowie) (1980)
  56. Richard Sinclair (Caravan, Hatfield & The North, Camel) - Essential record: In the Land of Grey and Pink (Caravan) (1971)
  57. Dave Allen (Gang of Four, Shriekback, other projects) - Essential record: Entertainment! (Gang of Four) (1979)
  58. Simon Gallup (The Cure, other projects) - Essential record: Disintegration (The Cure) (1989)
  59. Joe Osborn (session work) - Essential record: The Age of Aquarius (The 5th Dimension) (1969)
  60. Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, solo, session work) - Essential record: Passion and Warfare (Steve Vai) (1990)
  61. Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy, solo) - Essential record: Bad Reputation (Thin Lizzy) (1977)
  62. Martin "Youth" Glover (Killing Joke, other projects) - Essential record: Killing Joke (Killing Joke) (1980)
  63. Ray Shulman (Gentle Giant) - Essential record: In a Glass House (Gentle Giant) (1973)
  64. 64. Nick Lowe (Rockpile, Brinsley Schwarz, solo) - Essential record: Jesus of Cool (solo) (1978)
  65. 65. Billy Gould (Faith No More, other projects) - Essential record: Angel Dust (Faith No More) (1992)
  66. John Myung (Dream Theater, Platypus, The Jelly Jam, other projects) - Essential record: Image and Words (Dream Theater) (1992)
  67. Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Testament, Sadus, Control Denied, session work) - Essential record: Human (Death) (1991)
  68. Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) - Essential record: Truth and Soul (Fishbone) (1988)
  69. Klaus Flouride (Dead Kennedys) - Essential record: Fresh Fruit for Rotten Vegetables (Dead Kennedys) (1980)
  70. Kim Deal (Pixies) - Essential record: Doolittle (Pixies) (1989)
  71. BB Dickerson (War, Eric Burdon & War, Lowrider Band) - Essential record: The World is a Ghetto (War) (1972)
  72. David Steel (The English Beat) - Essential record: What is Beat? (The English Beat) (1983)
  73. Trevor Bolder (David Bowie, Uriah Heep, session work) - Essential record: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (David Bowie) (1972)
  74. Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Southern Pacific, session work) - Essential record: Willy and the Poor Boys (Creedence Clearwater Revival) (1969)
  75. Mike Howlett (Gong, other projects) - Essential record: You (Gong) (1973)
  76. Dirk Lance (Incubus) - Essential record: S.C.I.E.N.C.E. (Incubus) (1997)
  77. Marshall Lytle (Bill Haley & His Comets, The Jodimars) - Essential record: Rock Around the Clock (Bill Haley & His Comets) (1955)
  78. Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction, Polar Bear, other projects) - Essential record: Ritual De Lo Habitual (Jane's Addiction) (1990)
  79. Mike Gordon (Phish, other projects) - Essential record: A Live One (Phish) (1995)
  80. Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, other projects) - Essential record: Mr. Bungle (Mr. Bungle) (1991)
  81. Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash) - Essential record: Argus (Wishbone Ash) (1972)
  82. Horace Panter (The Specials, General Public) - Essential record: The Specials (The Specials) (1979)
  83. Carl Radle (Derek & The Dominos, session work) - Essential record: Layla and Other Assored Love Songs (Derek & The Dominos) (1970)
  84. Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead, Hawkwind, other projects) - Essential record: Space Ritual (Hawkwind) (1973)
  85. Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth, Free Kitten, other projects) - Essential record: Goo (Sonic Youth) (1990)
  86. David Ellefson (Megadeth, other projects) - Essential record: Rust in Peace (Megadeth) (1990)
  87. P-Nut (311) - Essential record: Music (311) (1993)
  88. Rick Danko (The Band, Bob Dylan, solo) - Essential record: The Band (The Band) (1969)
  89. Roy Estrada (Mothers of Invention, Little Feat, other projects) - Essential record: Freak Out! (Mothers of Invention) (1966)
  90. John McVie (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers) - Essential record: Rumours (Fleetwood Mac) (1977)
  91. Fred Smith (Television) - Essential record: Marquee Moon (Television) (1977)
  92. Justin Chancellor (Tool, Peach) - Essential record: Lateralus (Tool) (2001)
  93. Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave) - Essential record: Rage Against the Machine (Rage Against the Machine) (1992)
  94. Joe Lally (Fugazi, Ataxia, other projects) - Essential record: 13 Songs (Fugazi) (1989)
  95. Gary "Mani" Mounfield (The Stone Roses, Primal Scream) - Essential record: The Stone Roses (The Stone Roses) (1989)
  96. Bruce Palmer (Buffalo Springfield) - Essential record: Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield (Buffalo Springfield) (1969)
  97. Matt Freeman (Rancid, Operation Ivy) - Essential record: ...And Out Come the Wolves (Rancid) (1995)
  98. Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam, Green River, Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, other projects) - Essential record: Ten (Pearl Jam) (1991)
  99. Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Metallica, Infectious Grooves, other projects) - Essential record: The Plague That Makes Your Body Move... It's Infectious Grooves (Infectious Grooves) (1991)
  100. Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) - Essential record: Under the Table and Dreaming (Dave Matthews Band) (1994)

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