Jaco Pastorius: “Continuum” Live

Jaco7I came across this video of Jaco performing “Continuum” live at the 1979 Berlin Jazz Festival.  He uses a wireless system and walks around the auditorium while playing this classic composition from his debut album.

If you’re new to Jaco’s music, this is a good place to start.

By the mid ’80’s, Jaco’s struggles with substance abuse and mental health problems limited his musical clarity, but this performance in 1979 is a shining example of why Jaco is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential bassists ever.

Jaco’s posthumous website is here.

Rick Suchow uploaded this rare performance.  Rick’s YouTube page is here and his website is here.

“Continuum” by Jaco Pastorius