Here’s a set of music from the early ’60s from the brilliant Joe Pass. It starts with some tunes recorded with fellow musicians from the drug rehab center Synanon House and carries through to some nice work with Les McCann. Throughout, the late guitarist shines. Whether he’s tearing things up on the likes of “C.E.D.,” or highlighting a nice version of “Django” with a beautiful one-minute chord intro, his skills are evident.
No, this really isn’t the best of Joe Pass. But it does feature great playing as a sideman on tunes that run the gamut, as jazz styles go. And, it showcases Pass getting back into the playing groove after his stint in drug rehab. A valuable addition to any Pass fan’s collection.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Sep. ’97 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.