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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet biography--makes you want to hear every note he played, 20 Jun. 1997
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This is a great biography about a great player. Not necessarily a great person in all respects, but a force in music and the bass that is undeniable. This biography works because the author has both great respect and great sadness towards his subject matter. He does not praise Jaco blindly, nor does he mystify him. Jaco's glory is self-deserving--listen to any one of his bass lines. It's hard to put Jaco's playing in the proper perspective if you are introduced to it retrospectively, but that's the genius that Milkowski introduces. This book helps the reader listen to the pretty bass melody in "A Remark You Made," where technique was not the issue, and truly marvel at how beautiful a bass line can be. Read this book and learn from it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A complete, honest & un-biased account of a much missed life, 31 May 2001
I was lent this book by a friend after listening to the 'Heavy Weather' CD. I can't listen to that CD now without tears of such overwhelming sadness for the loss of such a brilliant light lost. Thanks to Milkowski for penning such an original, down to earth account of Jaco. I'm sure he would have been impressed with the honesty.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and detailed overview!, 21 Nov. 2000
A dedicated Jaco fan, I bought this book. I am very much impressed by this fascinating, very detailed overview of Jaco's (not always ver good)life. There is vast information about his records (and other) recordings. The book has provided me with fantastic new music and musicians to listen to. The book is a real page-turner: I finished it in two days. Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well rounded look at the life and work of Jaco., 27 May 2014
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A really good insight into the tragic mental degeneration of arguably the greatest bassist of his generation. There is a good balance between looking at Jaco as an individual and understanding the music that he was creating. Certainly not a detailed track by track, riff by riff breakdown of his work (which suits me), more an holistic look at the man and his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Sept. 2014
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5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK, 22 Mar. 1999
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I SAW JACO PLAY WITH THE WORD OF MOUTH BAND IN 1976, I`M JUST OVERWELMED THAT I WAS ABLE TO SEE HIM AT THE WOLF & RISTMILLER COUNTRY CLUB IN RESEDA, FRONT ROW CENTER. THIS BOOK IS A VERY INTERESTING BUT SAD ACCOUNT OF ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED ARTISTS AROUND.I LIKE THE BOOK BECAUSE THE WORDS ARE SPOKEN FROM THE ACTUAL PEOPLE THAT TOURED WITH HIM AND ALSO FAMILY MEMBERS. THANKS FOR MARKETING SUCH AN INTERESTING BOOK. I`M GOING TO READ IT ONE MORE TIME BYE!!
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