After learning to play several instruments, Pastorius settled on bass and began working with local pop bands. This developed into accompanying visiting groups who included leading Motown stars such as The Supremes. His reputation quickly developed and he made his own-name record and also worked with artists such as Pat Metheny. In 1976 he recorded Heavy Weather with Weather Report, after which he was widely acclaimed for his virtuoso playing and he swiftly developed a worldwide following. Forming his own band, Word Of Mouth, he recorded and toured extensively and also recorded with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Brian Melvin and Joni Mitchell. Pastorius's remarkable technical accomplishment, allied as it was to his innovative concept of the role of the bass in jazz and fusion forms, gained him admirers within the music business and countless fans around the world. Unfortunately, Pastorius's private life was in disarray and by the mid-80s he was suffering from alcoholism and had mental health problems. He was often at odds with companions and associates, all of which was harmful to his career. One night, a confrontation with one particular individual, a bouncer, ended in a fracas outside a bar that left Pastorius with serious injuries that led to his death a few days later. Pastorius had a lasting effect on jazz rock and his music remains remarkably in touch with the way the genre has developed in the years since his death.
Followers: Pat Metheny, Richard Bona
Influenced By: Charles Mingus...