"Tracy filed for divorce at the end of 1978 and eventually got custody of the house and kids,
which left Jaco feeling bitter and angry."
Jaco was hurt and sad because he felt a deep loss over losing his family.
He was never "bitter and angry" because Tracy "got custody".
As a matter of fact, he was at Tracy's attorney's office without counsel,
giving her anything she and the kids needed, and wanted.
His parents' seperation affected him into adulthood, till the end.
He never intended for John and Mary to experience it also.
"This led to more drinking and drugging...."
At that same time, Jaco went on to write beautiful and important compositions,
Three Views of a Secret being one of them...
Bill quoting me: "Once when I went back to the dressing room while he was playing,
he sent the road manager to get me. After a while, this kind of thing got on my nerves."
The inference of that statement is out of context.
Jaco preferred for me to be stage-left at all times,
but it did not "after a while get on my nerves ".
"Once, Ingrid punched Jaco squarely in the face
and knocked him to the floor in front of a shocked Zawinul."
has said that, yet I didn't "punch him, and knock him to the floor"
I slapped him... (Is there a difference? I think so), Jaco pretended to fall.
Weather Report, with Bailey, was performing in Miami, and Jaco had taken
John (8 years old), Mary (11), the twins (1) and me to see the concert.
the concert the 4 sleepy kids and I waited for Jaco outside the venue in vain.
I located him inside the bar of the hotel the band was staying at, telling jokes,
I walked up to him, slapped, turned around, and took the tired children home.
An hour later, about 3 AM, I heard the sound of a bus thundering down our
It was the Weather Report tour bus, with the band,
dropping Jaco off. :o)
"But once the kids arrived, he couldn't be bothered with the day-to-day drudgery."
Jaco loved all 4 of his kids immensely. He thrived being with them, around them.
Indeed, he was not always available to help with the daily chores, but certainly
neither he, nor I considered caring for them to be "drudgery". He had become
emotionally more unstable, hence it was difficult for him to relate to my
spending enormous amounts of time bonding with the babies, something he
seemed to have missed himself..
"....she stopped following Jaco around on tour."
It was a common misconception by some that I "followed Jaco around".
It was his choice, and I was willing, for me to be with him on the road.
Not surprising it was viewed as such, for most do not want their wives,
or girlfriends with them on the road, but for Jaco it meant a certain
stability he craved so much. Perhaps I forfeited a part of myself by
doing so, yet I do not regret one moment of it. Who's to say how
things would have been for Jaco, and the band if I had not traveled
with them those 3 memorable years. How truly fortunate I feel to
have been part of him with Weather Report, over and over again...
"When Ingrid granted Jaco the freedom to make his own choices regarding groupies on the road.."
Bill's terminology implies that I had been making the choices for Jaco regarding his fans.
Not only is it not true, it is also impossible!!
"An ambulance arrived to take the fallen hero to the local hospital.
The first hospital set Jaco's arm improperly. He was promptly taken to a second hospital
in a nearby town, where they corrected the problem. The next week, Jaco flew to the States
with a six-inch stainless-steel pin in his arm and a large cast on his right wrist.
A week later, he was back at the 55 Grand, jamming with the cats."
The twins were 6 months old when I received a call from Michael Knuckles,
his manager at the time, who informed me that Jaco had hurt himself.
He had been in a hospital in Italy, but wasn't getting any better,
so the decision was made to send him back to the US for care.
He also warned me to be prepared, for he didn't look too good.
The twins and I met Jaco at the airport, as he was brought out in a wheelchair.
It was a very traumatic experience. He was not well, and his arm was in a cast.
As soon as we got to the house, he went to sleep, and things got progressively worse.
His temperature skyrocketed, so I called the ambulance to take him to the hospital.
Diagnosis: the hospital in Italy had missed a complete break at the shoulder joint,
thinking it was dislocated. They had to do emergency surgery to insert a pin connecting
the shoulder to the arm. In addition, his body was also being ravaged with a serious and
viral infection; hence he was placed in strict quarantine for about 10 days.
Recuperation took quite a while, he was in rehabilitation therapy for several months.
P.S. I do not care for Bill's "fallen hero" reference...
"On April 16, Jaco played a concert down in Fort Lauderdale at the Musicians Exchange...
Later that night, Ingrid got a call from Tracy....
Bill has this event taking place in April of 1985, instead it really happened in 1984.
of the hardcover book says:
Same page of the softcover book saying it differently:
NOTE THE DIFFERENCE:
When Mary read the paragraph of the hardcover she was devastated,
because Jaco never "ordered" her to "get a beer",
nor would she ever call him "Jaco".
Bill corrected it for the soft cover.
"Soon after Jaco snorted the lines, the phone rang.
It was Ingrid calling from Florida asking about his alimony payments."
Impossible: he never owed any alimony. He had not helped with
child support, but I took no action, merely helped him as much as I could.
"Ingrid was not about to honor that demand,
but she ended up accompanying Jaco
to a place down the street called Pickle's 4 O'Clock Pub. "We played pool there..."
That never happened.
STATEMENTS BY OTHERS
Pat Metheny's liner notes:
jaco’s legacy has had a rough go of it - a horribly inaccurate,
botched biography, endless cassette bootlegs of late-life gigs that do
nothing but devalue the importance of his message through greed and overkill,
and a mythology that seems to thrive on the stories that surrounded the lesser
aspects of his lifestyle over the triumphs of his early musical vision and wisdom.
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