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