All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

340

Joe Pass: The Joe Pass Trio Live At Donte's

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count

Urbane virtuosity

Any discussion of Jazz guitar will usually lead with three names: Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, and Joe Pass. A native of New Brunswick, New Jersey, Pass performed in the swing bands of Tony Pastor and Charlie Barnett. He spent time in the army, took ten years off with a nagging heroin addiction and in 1962, emerged from the California-based Synanon to record several albums for Pacific Jazz and World Pacific. Pass stayed under the radar until 1973, when he was detected by the talent intelligence of Norman Granz at Pablo Records. Virtuoso, released in 1973, made Pass famous. Over the next our years, Virtuoso #2, Virtuoso#3, and Virtuoso #4 were released, further elaborating pass' dominance as the Oscar Peterson (or Art Tatum, if you will) of the jazz guitar.

For present consideration is a 1974 set at LA's famous Donte's. After having established himself as a solo guitarist par excellence, Pass records here in a trio setting. The results are relaxed and very effective. This is a typical recital that well demonstrates Pass' omnivorous musical knowledge. The guitarist never shied away from challenge and was prone to include "recent" compositions in his concerts. This show rolls out Melanie's confection "Look What they've Done To My song, Ma" and Stevie Wonder's classic "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." And there are plenty of the classics, most notably a neo-reggae "Stompin' at the Savoy" and a bouncy, good natured "Sweet Georgia Brown."

Pass' rhythm section swings and plays with the freedom of the Miles Davis second quintet. Very Post Bop. Jim Hugart's electric Fender Bass is only scary in thought (scary for acoustically oriented electric Luddites). Hugart provides a warm, steady walk where necessary and full-bodied solos when called on. The same is true for drummer Frank Severino. The entire product is a welcome reissue from Pablo. No one could play guitar Like Joe Pass.


Track Listing: Disc 1: Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma; You Stepped Out Of A Dream; Time For Love; Donte's Inferno; You Are The Sunshine Of My Life; Secret Love; Sweet Georgia Brown (Total Time: 67:41). Disc 2: Stompin At The Savoy; Darn That Dream; Milestones; Lullaby Of The Leaves; What Are You Doing With The Rest Of Your Life; Blues For Pamela (Total Time: 67:41).

Personnel: Joe Pass: Guitar; Jim Hugart: Bass; Frank Severino: Drums.

Title: The Joe Pass Trio Live At Donte's | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Fantasy Jazz

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Ancestros CD/LP/Track Review
Ancestros
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 18, 2018
Read The Bitter Suite CD/LP/Track Review
The Bitter Suite
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 18, 2018
Read Ornettiquette CD/LP/Track Review
Ornettiquette
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 18, 2018
Read The Astral Revelations CD/LP/Track Review
The Astral Revelations
by John Sharpe
Published: November 18, 2018
Read The Sound Of The Earth CD/LP/Track Review
The Sound Of The Earth
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 18, 2018
Read Return to the Future CD/LP/Track Review
Return to the Future
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 17, 2018
Read "Que Bom" CD/LP/Track Review Que Bom
by Matt Hooke
Published: August 8, 2018
Read "A Woman's Journey" CD/LP/Track Review A Woman's Journey
by Jerome Wilson
Published: January 28, 2018
Read "Blood" CD/LP/Track Review Blood
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 26, 2018
Read "Spiritual Impressions" CD/LP/Track Review Spiritual Impressions
by Jerome Wilson
Published: March 16, 2018
Read "Theirs" CD/LP/Track Review Theirs
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 25, 2018
Read "Ninety-Nine Years" CD/LP/Track Review Ninety-Nine Years
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 13, 2018