The project gave Trujillo an excuse to assemble Mass Mental again. The consortium has been around for about two decades and released an album in Japan during 1999. It also played at Lollapalooza Chile in March and recorded some transitional instrumental pieces for the Jaco film. "The music is really experimental and super funky, and every time we do a show for some weird reason it turns into a party and celebrity musicians show up. We did our own particular version of 'Come On Come Over, and I'm so proud of it. It can never be as great as the original, but ours is different and we just set out to do the best we could." Mass Mental will perform during a pre-release screening of Jaco on Nov. 22 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.
"It's all coming together at the finish line after six years," says Trujillo, who partially funded the project via a PledgeMusic campaign and has ushered it through several film festivals around the world. "It's really great to have this momentum and to be able to bring awareness and have young people come up to me and say, 'Hey, I just want you to know I went out and I bought Jaco's first solo record' or Weather Report or Joni Mitchell or whatever. It's celebrating music as a whole as well -- at least that's where I'm at with this."
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And, Trujillo adds, "There's so many roots attached to that seed, to Jaco. You would need a nine-hour film to barely get everything in there. We did the best we could. My whole goal is to bring awareness and also maybe that creates a step towards more of a celebration. There doesn't have to be just one film about Jaco. Maybe other people have more stories and can add to what we've done, to the recipe. That would be great."
Trujillo does, of course, have a "day job" that he's focusing on these days, too. Metallica has been in the midst of recording its follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic for some time now, but Trujillo says work is ongoing -- though he knows better than to make a guess at a release date. "I can honestly say we're feeling great about what we're doing," says Trujillo, who also wrote the guest-filled tallica Parking Lot animated short that's featured on the group's recently relaunched web site. "It's taking a long time for us to get the ball rolling, and we've been nurturing this thing for awhile now. so it's feeling really great. We're having a good time and that's the most important thing, and as long as it's grooving and it's heavy, that's what does it for me. I think the fans'll be happy."
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Metallica heads might also not see the group on the road again until some new music is finally finished, either. "Our fans have seen enough of us in the last few years," Trujillo says. "They're hungry. They want new music, which is great. It means to a certain degree we're still relevant. So that's what our focus is now, a new record. We need to finish this record so we can create more tour dates and get out there and celebrate this music and really get the machine going."