Jaco Pastorius (Bonus Tracks)
Released: Aug 1976
Jaco Pastorius tore across the fusion scene the way a tornado tears across a cornfield in Iowa. There existed electric bass in jazz long before the release of his debut album, but Pastorius utterly revolutionized the instrument's role. No matter what track you're listening to, be it the funkified "Come On, Come Over" or the sentimental "Forgotten Love," his fretless-based melodies and dizzying runs are front and center. In other words, Pastorius isn't standing towards the rear of the ensemble merely providing an anchor, rather he's directing traffic and making thing happens at all times.