Joe Pass – Portraits of Duke Ellington {Pablo} “Japan”


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Recorded just a month after Duke Ellington’s death, this tribute album (reissued on CD) features guitarist Joe Pass (just beginning to become famous), bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Bobby Durham jamming on eight Ellington tunes and “Caravan” (which was penned by one of Duke’s key sidemen, Juan Tizol). The interplay between the three musicians is quite impressive, and Pass’ mastery of the guitar is obvious (he didn’t really need the other sidemen). Highlights include “In a Mellow Tone,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” and “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good).” Recommended.

Tracks:
01 – Satin Doll
02 – I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
03 – Sophisticated Lady
04 – I Got It Bad (and that Ain’t Good)
05 – In a Mellow Tone
06 – Solitude
07 – Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
08 – Do Nothin’ ’till You Hear from Me
09 – Caravan

Personnel:
Joe Pass – guitar
Ray Brown – bass
Bobby Durham – drums

Recorded on June 21, 1974

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

Joe Pass Trio – Eximious {Pablo}[OJC]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Joe Pass took time off from his solo guitar projects to record this excellent trio set with bassist Niels-Henning ├śrsted Pedersen and drummer Martin Drew. Pass swings hard throughout, is consistently inventive within the bebop tradition, and indulges in close interplay with Pedersen. Together, these musicians make the wondrous seem effortless. Among the highlights are “We’ll Be Together Again” (the one unaccompanied guitar showcase on the program), “Robbins Nest,” “Lush Life,” “Night and Day,” and “Speak Low.”

Tracks:
01 – A Foxy Chick and a Cool Cat
02 – Robbins Nest
03 – Lush Life
04 – Serenata
05 – Love for Sale
06 – Night and Day
07 – We’ll Be Together Again
08 – Everything I Love
09 – Everyting I’ve Got
10 – Speak Low

Personnel:
Joe Pass – guitar
Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen – bass
Martin Drew – drums

Recorded at Group IV Studios, Hollywood, CA; May 25 and July 8, 1982.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork