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The Best of Joe Pass

Joe PassAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pablo
  • ASIN: B000000XMR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Solo Guitar Master July 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
There are very few people that can sit down without a band and play guitar well enough to demand listening. Joe Pass is such a master. Five of the eight songs on this album are just that, Pass and his guitar. He is able to mix his soloing and chords with subtle ease. His fingers blaze on the neck of the guitar, but his solos tell more than just an idea - they tell a story.
The first solo piece on this album is high-energy "How High the Moon". If you're a guitar buff, you will be amazed at this song. His linear melody is never lost, even when he is fretting entire chords. It's impossible to believe that there are not two guitars, or an overdub going on here, but it's all Pass in one take. He then mellows out with the soft and sweet "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?". "Que Que Ha!" gives you a feel of what Pass can do in a band situation, and he does play well with others. He fits right in with the band for this Brazilian sounding tune. The album closes with "On Green Dolphin Street", a very strong tune that will leave you wondering how he keeps his fingers from becoming tangled.
The nice thing about "Best of" albums is getting a wide range of music of the artist's career without having to buy all the albums at once. This is no exception as there are only two songs that came from the same album here. This way you can hear Pass' solo work and get a taste of him playing with others. He is truly one of jazz greats.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing December 29, 2008
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A guitar genius. A must-have album for any jazz lover as well as any guitar player.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Joe Pass; great classic jazz May 28, 2009
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Being the prolific jazz musician that he is, Joe Pass has a musical collection that is vast and diverse. It can thus be hard to find an appropriate sampling of his repertoire that is both fulfilling and indicitive of his range as one of the "jazz greats."

This CD is one such sampling. It is an essential collection of some of Pass's best works, and provides both a new and seasoned listener of Joe Pass and jazz music in general with a treat for the ears. For those bored with the "smooth" or trendy genre jazz formats that tend to dominate the airwaves these days, "The Best of Joe Pass" is a set of classics that sound amazingly fresh and new.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Jazz Guitarist in the World? March 16, 2012
By Jerlaw
Format:Audio CD
In his short liner notes Norman Granz says Joe Pass is "unquestionably the best jazz guitarist in the world." He may be best at what he does, but every jazz musician has his own voice. I am speaking of such greats as Ed Bickert, Jim Hall, Kenny Burell, Howard Alden, Tal Farlow, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel ad infinitum.

God I hate these universal statements when it comes to jazz musicians. This recording is a "must" if one is to understand Joe Pass, but also leaves out a lot of his combo playing. Some of his best stuff was played at the Concord Jazz Festival in 1972 which served to kick off the Concord label and make it probably the greatest jazz label in the business. The personnel are Joe & Herb Ellis on guitar, the great Ray Brown on bass and Jake Hanna on drums. The music was "fun" and entertaining. What this album does is to leave out all the jazz combo settings in which Joe has played.

This is the first time I have ever given Joe less than a five, but as a compilation, it leaves out just too much of what Joe had to say on guitar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz 51 Years Old and excellent July 14, 2008
By RWM
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I have been a huge Joe Pass fan from the beginning since I had first heard his virtuoso playing. I have only seen him play live once of course many years ago when Herb Ellis and Joe were on the same bill and what a pleasure to watch, witness and listen with much content. Joe sat there playing with his cigar stub sticking out of his mouth and his bottle of gin sitting on the floor next to his chair. I think I was around 20-21 years old at the time and man I was in heaven. And at that time I was this big blues and blues rock fan guy at the time. Were talking later 60's now. This was the beginning of the jazz guitar world (jazz in general) for me and what a pleasant introduction and haven't look back since. For 8 bucks you can not go wrong with this CD. I myself really love all the older jazz from Wes, Miles, Oscar, Tal, Kenny, Charlie etc etc and the list goes on and on. If you are lover of pure clean older unadulterated jazz, buy this one and add it to your collection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars greatest jazz guitarist ever? June 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I know this is a lofty claim, but I believe Joe's construction of songs surpasses that of those before and after him, and this album demonstrates this completely. It is a good primer for those just getting into jazz, also. Joe has to be the most mellow player I have ever heard. When I think of true, smooth jazz, this is it. A virtuoso indeed.
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