“In France they Kiss on Main Street” (Jaco Pastorius)

Posted by on Jul 21, 2023 in Basslines | 2 Comments

This inspired piece of bassage from the febrile fingers of the late great Jaco Pastorius graced the smouldering live Joni Mitchel album, “Shadows & Light” and has long exerted a spell over me. I finally settled to transcribe the first verse and interlude and discovered a wealth of fascinating lines, infused with great rhythmic and melodic sense and a strong R & B flavour.

In France They Kiss on Main Street

The tabs are available for download here:

Guitar Pro 6 (zipped)


Have fun!


  1. Chuck Curran
    August 26, 2020

    Nat: thank you for this amazing aid – literally on the same day I was starting to try to unpack this bass line. It is an amazing Jaco performance, and even better seen on YouTube with Pat Metheny, Jaco and Joni dazzling.

    • Nat Yelverton
      October 14, 2020


      Thanks for that! It’s a great bassline! Hopefully I’ll get round to finishing it one day…


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