Guitar Virtuoso

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
As this lavishly boxed, four-CD distillation of his Pablo sessions proves, Joe Pass was probably the guitar-playing equivalent of Art Tatum on the Norman Granz roster -- not only for his vast output, but also for the all-encompassing, almost orchestral way in which he got around his instrument. The set is divided equally into four sections -- disc one for his astounding solo electric and acoustic guitar sides, disc two for studio recordings with various groups, disc three for various live recordings solo and with groups, disc four the delicate Ella Fitzgerald and other duo partner sessions and quartet pieces backing Sarah Vaughan. Though the box is not in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
As this lavishly boxed, four-CD distillation of his Pablo sessions proves, Joe Pass was probably the guitar-playing equivalent of Art Tatum on the Norman Granz roster -- not only for his vast output, but also for the all-encompassing, almost orchestral way in which he got around his instrument. The set is divided equally into four sections -- disc one for his astounding solo electric and acoustic guitar sides, disc two for studio recordings with various groups, disc three for various live recordings solo and with groups, disc four the delicate Ella Fitzgerald and other duo partner sessions and quartet pieces backing Sarah Vaughan. Though the box is not in chronological order -- which is not necessary here, since Pass was essentially a finished, non-evolving artist when he joined Pablo -- Jim Ferguson's helpful commentary on the sessions is chronologically organized, balancing out Benny Green's personalized disc-by-disc analysis of the tracks. A couple of tracks with a modern Brazilian rhythm section also stand out, as does the supercharged "Sweet Georgia Brown" with Oscar Peterson and Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and the set's lengthiest item, a fond ten-and-a-half-minute take out on "Stompin' at the Savoy" live at Donte's club in North Hollywood, CA. The latter track and a scant two others are the only ones new to CD, and there are no unreleased goods to be heard, but with five hours of Pass taken a little at a time, this box will wear very well over the years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/1997
  • Label: Pablo
  • UPC: 025218442329
  • Catalog Number: 4423

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cheek to Cheek (5:35)
  2. 2 Blues for Fred/They All Laughed (6:12)
  3. 3 Night and Day (3:31)
  4. 4 Here's That Rainy Day (3:34)
  5. 5 Have You Met Miss Jones? (4:41)
  6. 6 Passanova (4:30)
  7. 7 Sultry (4:28)
  8. 8 Indian Summer (3:16)
  9. 9 Lush Life (4:55)
  10. 10 Weaselocity (6:54)
  11. 11 Giant Steps (3:31)
  12. 12 Misty (5:22)
  13. 13 Blues for Basie (3:34)
  14. 14 Star Eyes (2:40)
  15. 15 Blues for Angel (3:36)
  16. 16 Song for Ellen (2:55)
  17. 17 How Deep Is the Ocean? (2:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Relaxin' at Camarillo (4:53)
  2. 2 Tenderly (5:06)
  3. 3 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You (3:54)
  4. 4 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me - Bobby Durham (5:53)
  5. 5 Samba de Orfeu (3:27)
  6. 6 Seulb (3:21)
  7. 7 Riff Blues (4:20)
  8. 8 Bluesology - Andy Simpkins (5:54)
  9. 9 Cotton Tail (4:10)
  10. 10 O Barquinho - Claudio Slon (6:09)
  11. 11 Gentle Rain (Chuva Delicada) - Claudio Slon (4:11)
  12. 12 As Long as I Live (4:36)
  13. 13 It Ain't Necessarily So (5:47)
  14. 14 D-Joe (3:09)
  15. 15 Anouman (4:40)
  16. 16 Belleville (3:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Eric's Smoozie Blues (5:10)
  2. 2 Beautiful Love (4:13)
  3. 3 A Time for Love (4:03)
  4. 4 Tarde (6:52)
  5. 5 Gentle Tears (6:33)
  6. 6 Lover Man (5:04)
  7. 7 Oleo (5:17)
  8. 8 Blues for Monty (6:15)
  9. 9 Stompin' at the Savoy (10:29)
  10. 10 Ornithology (4:46)
  11. 11 Samba de Orfeu (4:36)
  12. 12 Donna Lee (2:45)
  13. 13 Sweet Georgia Brown (6:24)
Disc 4
  1. 1 You Took Advantage of Me (3:35)
  2. 2 All Too Soon (4:24)
  3. 3 I Didn't Know About You (4:41)
  4. 4 You Go to My Head (5:40)
  5. 5 Easy Living (4:14)
  6. 6 Why Don't You Do Right? (2:56)
  7. 7 Alone Together (6:01)
  8. 8 Baileywick (2:44)
  9. 9 S'Il Vous Plait (2:38)
  10. 10 Lover Man (5:35)
  11. 11 Tricrotism (5:59)
  12. 12 Blues for 2 - Zoot Sims (5:00)
  13. 13 Dindi - Zoot Sims (4:21)
  14. 14 Takeoff - Zoot Sims (4:10)
  15. 15 My Old Flame (6:10)
  16. 16 I Didn't Know What Time It Was - Andy Simpkins (3:58)
  17. 17 Autumn Leaves - Andy Simpkins (5:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Pass Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Louie Bellson Drums, Track Performer
Herb Ellis Electric Guitar, Track Performer
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals, Track Performer
Plas Johnson Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Shelly Manne Drums, Track Performer
Oscar Peterson Piano, Track Performer
Jimmy Rowles Piano, Track Performer
Gerald Wiggins Organ, Piano, Track Performer
Don Grusin Keyboards, Track Performer
Colin Bailey Drums, Track Performer
Octavio Bailly Jr. Bass, Track Performer
Ray Brown Bass, Track Performer
Monty Budwig Bass, Track Performer
Oscar Castro-Neves Acoustic Guitar, Track Performer
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion, Track Performer
Duke Ellington Piano, Track Performer
Roland Hanna Piano, Track Performer
Albert "Tootie" Heath Drums, Track Performer
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Bass, Track Performer
Jim Hughart Bass, Bass Guitar, Track Performer
Harold Jones Drums, Track Performer
John Pisano Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Track Performer
Sarah Vaughan Vocals, Track Performer
Frank Severino Drums, Track Performer
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Andy Simpkins Bass, Track Performer
Claudio Slon Drums, Track Performer
Bobby Durham Drums, Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Victor Herbert Composer
Luiz Bonfá Composer
Louie Bellson Contributor
Herb Ellis Producer, Contributor
Ella Fitzgerald Contributor
Erroll Garner Composer
Plas Johnson Contributor
Shelly Manne Contributor
Joe Pass Producer, Contributor
Oscar Peterson Composer, Contributor
Jimmy Rowles Contributor
Gerald Wiggins Contributor
Don Grusin Contributor
Roberto Menescal Composer
Angel Balestier Engineer, Remixing
Colin Bailey Contributor
Octavio Bailly Jr. Contributor
Norman Granz Producer
Ray Brown Contributor
Monty Budwig Contributor
Johnny Burke Composer
Oscar Castro-Neves Contributor
Paulinho Da Costa Contributor
Al Dubin Composer
Duke Ellington Contributor
Arne Frager Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Grover Helsley Engineer
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Contributor
Jim Hughart Contributor
Harold Jones Contributor
David Luke Remixing
John Pisano Contributor
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
Dennis Sands Engineer
Sarah Vaughan Contributor
Frank Severino Contributor
Zoot Sims Contributor
Andy Simpkins Contributor
Rafael O. Valentin Engineer
Val Valentin Engineer
George Belle Engineer
Claudio Slon Contributor
Jimmy Sherman Composer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Tom Ryan Remixing
Bobby Durham Contributor
Matt Dubey Composer
Jim Ferguson Liner Notes
Eric Miller Producer, Liner Notes, Remixing
Jimmy Davis Composer
Ronaldo Bôscoli Composer
Ed Green Engineer
Benny Green Liner Notes
Tom Size Engineer
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