According to USA Today, METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo is financing a movie about the late Grammy-winning jazz bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius. Tentatively titled “Jaco”, the documentary is being directed by Stephen Kijak, who helmed 2010’s “Stones In Exile”, the 2010 film about the recording of the 1972 THE ROLLING STONES album “Exile On Main St.”
“Jaco was my hero growing up,” Trujillo tells USA Today. “Hearing him was like hearing Eddie Van Halen doing ‘Eruption’ for the first time: You thought, ‘What instrument is that?’ I loved jazz fusion and branched out from there. 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 added, “The film for me is from the heart.”
Pastorius, who was bipolar and had wrestled with substance abuse, died in 1987 at age 35 following a violent altercation at a Fort Lauderdale bar.
“Jaco” will feature commentaries from Sting, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS‘ Flea, Carlos Santana and director Mike Figgis, among others.
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