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John Francis Anthony “Jaco” Pastorius III was a bassist, composer and producer. He was known for his work with Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Weather Report, and Joni Mitchell among others. 
I wrote John Francis shortly after his death when he was 35. We were devastated by his passing and the circumstances that led to it. It was one of those songs that flows out of you. I asked myself, did I create this, or was I a conduit? 
Reviving it recently and bringing his memory back is a token of our love for Jaco, for what he brought to us during his brief life.

Joy Brooks - Vocals 
Fredrick Brooks - Acoustic Guitar 
Chris Pezzarello - Drums 
Charles James - Bass 
Christine Bougie - Electric Guitars 
Robbie Grunwald - Keyboards 

Produced and Mixed by Robbie Grunwald 
Written by Fredrick Brooks 
Mastered by Justin Gray 

Cover art - Mal Bray mixed media based on Chris Hakkens photo (no downloading, republication, retransmission, reproduction, and all other uses of the licensed image as a standalone file).

John Francis 

There could be a chance 
For you had the fire 
From Des Moines to pork pie hat 
The weather was fine 

Trashed on the blues 
Or manicked by life 
I reach out 
Only to cry 

And where does the wind blow
The baddest of all 
Silenced – empty 
Divided by loss 

For laughter is seldom 
On this tired road 
Hear me now 
On you I’ll call 

For laughter is seldom 
On this tired road 
Hear me now 
Jaco’s called home 

©Fredrick Brooks

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