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Joe Pass came to prominence in the early 1960s as a leader among musicians expanding the technical boundaries of bebop guitar. As jazz became more harmonically complex and the tempos reached the stratosphere, Pass was one of the early few who could match the chordal richness of the pianists and the twisting lines of the horn players. A young Steve Masakowski was impressed and inspired by youthful exposure to the "Pass-master," and with For Joe, he pays tribute to the guitarist who in his day broke new ground. New Orleans-based Masakowski's rapid lines intersperse with occasional well-voiced, well-placed chords on Pass-associated tunes like "For Django" and "Poinciana", as well as pun-loving originals like "Pass Presence" and "I'll Pass". His idol would have approved of the tight interplay with drummer Johnny Vidacovich, honed through their 22-year association in Astral Project (check out AP's burning Elevado and VooDoo Bop for astonishment). Any listener seeking soothing sounds will be pleased by the lush warmth of the CD, and the more up-tempo or double-time lines are marked by Masakowski's picking-every-note technique--which limits his swing much as it did his mentor's. Unlike his famous forerunner, Masakowski breaks no new ground here, but he does turn in a performance that would no doubt have made Pass proud. --Michael Ross

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 11, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: April 11, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00004SBX2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,950 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey T. Newell on March 10, 2004
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This is a beautiful recording of some killer playing, arranging, composition, and improvisation. There are many levels in which to dig this cd. The rich tone of each of the instruments - Steve's shimmering, woody tone on guitar, the rich growl and earth of Bill Huntington's bass, and the sometimes sensitive, sometimes screaming sound of Johny Vidocovitch on the drums. The compositions of Steve Masakowski are richly, sometimes painfully so, woven tapestries that are unmistakeably unique. Steve's compositions grab a special place in my musical soul every time I hear them. I can't say that about many other musicians.
The album is a very tasteful, honest outing with no studio production to take away from the sound of the classic guitar trio format playing modern jazz in the best sense of the word. You can enjoy this from a purely guitar chops point of view as well, because Steve is an absolute master who plays incredible lines, chords, and stops with ease. Having read an editorial review that makes a point to mention a picking technique that limits speed, I find it almost laughable because the impression you get as a listener is that this is a man with unbelievable speed and chops. I don't think I've heard players who CAN play any faster than Steve Masakowski or Joe Pass, but, so what?? It never was about speed for speed's sake, anyway. In any case, Steve's musical bag is huge and, in my opinion, used with utmost taste.
Also, listening to the interplay and arrangements between Steve Masakowski and Bill Huntington is awe inspiring. The two together produce such rich chord voicings and counterpoints it can send shivers up your spine.
I love this recording! This is a must have, and will grow on you over time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By travis ayers on June 12, 2000
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Masakowski makes his home in the most important jazz city in the world, New Orleans. The city itself is as rich and intricate as the music which smoothly springs forth from the instrument whick Masakowski plays. The work is titled "For Joe" because one of the great influences on the music of the artist was Joe Pass and more specifically the 1964 recording of "For Django". The work being reviewed is full of hints alluding to "For Django" which in itself is a staggering musical success. In the morning I eats my red beans and rice and listens to my "For Joe" and if you know whats good for ya, you better too. If you like this also try Masakowski's jazz family "Astral Project" (this crazy nut named Jonny Vidacovich plays some incredible drums). Also, "Los Hombres Calientes" and "Rebirth Brass Band".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ernest E. Svenson on August 11, 2003
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Steve started out playing bass in a Rock Band, but somehow found his way to Hank Mackie (a well-respected jazz guitarist in New Orleans). Hank taught him jazz and the rest is history.
Steve is a virtuoso player with rock-solid technique. His penchant for the bass is still vibrant and is perhaps the reason why he plays a seven string guitar. In addition to his tremendous playing skill he is also a virtuoso composer.
Any of Steve's albums would be worth buying and listening to repeatedly, but this one is definitely a labor of love. It is also a worthy paying of respect by one great guitarist to another, more well-known one.
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