Two years ago Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo decided to begin his tribute to the late Jaco Pastorius.

A jazz musician by trade, Pastorius was known by other musicians for his intricate solos and ability to make his fretless guitar “sing” in upper registers.

“I loved jazz fusion and branched out from there,” Trujillo says in an interview with USA Today. “But Jaco had an edge that far exceeded his jazz persona. He was funk, he was rock, he was soul. And his whole attitude was punk.” Trujillo continues, “Jaco was my hero growing up.”

According to Pastorius’ biographer Bill Milkowski, “Jaco was the Babe Ruth of the bass.”

Suffering from mental illness and substance abuse, the bass player he died at age of 35 following a violent altercation at a Florida bar.

After receiving never seen before seen footage from the Pastorius family, Trujillo got musicians like Flea, Sting and Carlos Santana to contribute comments to the film, tentatively titled Jaco. With help from director Stephen Kijak, Trujillo hopes to premiere the film at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Trujillo has his hands full with Metallica hitting the summer festival circuit. With a performance in Portugal tomorrow followed by stops throughout Europe, the band will head south for eight nights in Mexico City.

-JayTilles, CBS Local


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