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  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: September 26, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pablo
  • ASIN: B00004YLJY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It Could Happen To You
2. Corcovado
3. Too Late Now
4. How Deep Is The Ocean?
5. Come Rain Or Come Shine
6. The Lamp Is Low
7. Yardbird Suite
8. N.E.C. Blues
9. Misty
10. Bloos For Baby B

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Resonance comes from a 1974 date at Donte's in Hollywood, with guitarist Joe Pass leading a trio of Jim Hughart on electric bass and Frank Severino on drums. It's easy to wonder about a 26-year-old session appearing for the first time in 2000, but the only question here is why it took so long. Pass is in wonderful form on both fast tempos and ballads, generating quicksilver choruses with rhythmic variety and a sound at once light and resonant. Most of the material is familiar, but there's still thought and affection in the choice of standards. "Corcovado" has Pass developing a distinctive approach to the bossa nova rhythm, and "The Lamp Is Low" retains its melodic interest even at the rapid clip he sets for it. There are as many moments with Pass in a reflective mood. "How Deep Is the Ocean?" is taken as a solo with some of the hallmarks of the Virtuoso recordings, including the scintillating runs and harmonically imaginative chord passages. At its close, it segues neatly into a lightly accompanied version of "Come Rain or Come Shine," another beautiful ballad. There's more of the same on Burton Lane's "Too Late Now" and "Misty." The rhythm section is particularly good on two of Pass's original blues. "N.E.C." combines funk with sophistication, Pass building tension with rapid repeated phrases and some gritty lower-register picking until "Work Song" emerges, played in octaves à la Wes Montgomery. The group stretches out at a loping medium tempo on "Bloos for Baby B," with solo room for Hughart and Severino. This is an instant minor classic of traditional jazz guitar. --Stuart Broomer

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck on November 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The dictionary defines resonance as "Relating to intensification or prolongation of sound." If there is any one word that defines Joe Pass, it's intense. In addition, passionately so. His world-renowned guitar playing is now legend.
The month was December and the year was 1974, the place...the Hollywood club Donte's. This one night has become as legendary as the man who made it so.
To hear Joe Pass in a studio setting was likely to be more prohibited and inflexible. A live presentation however is always more spur-of-the-moment and imaginative. Pass proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that he was one of the supreme jazz guitarists to walk the face of this earth. His agile and adroit fingers gave him a quickness and touch that few could equal. Roy Clark comes to mind as one that may have had a fighting chance to keep up with him. In fact, Pass made an album with Clark (Play Hank Williams 1995), giving everyone a glance of the dexterity and similarities that they shared. That fastidious album was one that slipped through the cracks, and it needs to be given a good listen by critics and fans alike.
Pass was cat quick, but used a beautiful tender touch with the guitar that gave each note a blissful resonance that eased it's way into your consciousness. The music isn't loud and powerful, it's engaging and alluring, and always welcoming you back for another moment to savor. He had a way of gently nudging his audience and supporting band members into giving there very best. Always in total control and authority of each tune, he never gave anything away. If you played with Joe, you had to work hard to keep up with him.
I really wish I could have been there that night at Donte's. It must have been a divine experience for all that watched and participated.
© Keith Hannaleck November 1, 2000 MuzikMan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bohmfan on June 15, 2013
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First heard this thru a friend letting me borrow his copy. Wow! The kind of jazz you don't hear much anymore. Grab it!
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