Jaco: A Documentary Film – Produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo

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Jaco: A Documentary Film – Produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo
Article by Eric Larson, © Copyright 2015


Jaco Pastorius was arguably one of the best bass players to ever live, if not the best. Metallica’s Robert Trujillo is producing a long overdue documentary film on the late great Jaco, and has started a pledge campaign, through, to raise funds and complete the project. Robert considers Jaco to be a hero and one of his biggest influences, and he has formed a very special relationship with some of Jaco’s family members. Robert tells a story of helping to recover Jaco’s famed “Bass of Doom”, the bass that was played on all of Jaco’s recordings over his short career, which was stolen and missing for twenty years. Now safely in the possession of the Pastorius family, the “Bass of Doom” lives on.

According to the website they are nearly 90% funded. is proud to have made a pledge and you can too! Pledges start at only $10, and rewards for pledging range fromdigital movie downloads, DVDs, t-shirts, CDs, posters, limited edition lithographs to bass lessons by professional bass players, signed guitars, replica Jaco basses, and much, much more. Help bring this project across the finish line by pledging today!

From the PledgeMusic Website (

Jaco: A Documentary Film
Pre-order the DVD & other unique items and help make this release possible for Record Store Day April 2015!

“Hola everyone, thanks for checking out our project. Jaco has always been a hero of mine and one of the reasons I play bass to this day. This film has been a project of love and passion for me. This amazing film has been four years in the making, and we need your help to get this film across the finish line!

Our film tells the story of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger than life musician who made an undeniable impact on music, and reinvented the electric bass; giving the instrument a powerful dynamic voice that had both edge and beauty.

We have assembled an offering of exclusives with PledgeMusic that reflect the documentary and draw upon some of Jaco’s friends and admirers. Pledge and become part of the journey of making this film a reality.”
– Rob

Produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo in association with Passion Pictures, the film includes some incredible insights from an array of artists (Flea, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins, Carlos Santana) as well as Jaco’s family, and friends. It unveils the story of his music, his life, his demise, and ultimately the fragility of great artistic genius.

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