Joe Pass: Have You Met Miss Jones?


Have You Met Miss Jones?


Joe Pass (guitar)


Virtuoso (Pablo PACD-2310-708-2)

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Joe Pass (guitar).

Composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart


Recorded: Pablo PACD-2310-708-2 Los Angeles, November 11, 26 & 30, 1973


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

Joe Pass's Virtuoso LP on Norman Granz's Pablo label shook up a lot of guitarists when it was first released, and catapulted Pass from obscurity to the top ranks of jazz artists. Soon Pass was recording with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie, among others, and following up with several more solo guitar releases under the Virtuoso imprimatur. Pass lived up to the big claims of the title - he was a true virtuoso of the six strings. The speed and clarity of his single-note lines was unsurpassed among jazz guitarists of his day, but one can also enjoy his performances for their harmonic ingenuity or their sheer unbridled swing. On "Have You Met Miss Jones?" Pass is all over the fretboard, spinning out basslines, rapid-fire licks, passing chords, moving from relaxed rubato to hard-driving swing rhythms, dancing through the "Giant Steps" changes in the bridge. And every note sings clear, every phrase conveys a confident sense of mastery. Pass is now gone, and only the recording remains. But a generation after this album's debut, it still captivates and impresses.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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