Joe Pass: They Can't Take That Away From Me


They Can't Take That Away From Me


Joe Pass (guitar)


What Is There to Say: Joe Pass Solo Guitar (Pablo 2310971)

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Joe Pass (guitar).

Composed by George & Ira Gershwin


Recorded: Live at Vine Street Bar & Grill, Hollywood, CA, September 13, 1990


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Even the finest jazz guitarists rarely record live and unaccompanied. First, standing alone on a nightclub stage—especially in Hollywood, where the audience is bound to include other guitarists, possibly topflight pros—is intimidating. Second, even if you've been assured all fellow guitarists will be barred at the door by brawny bouncers, flying solo demands serious chops. So, you ask, did Joe pass the test? You gotta be kidding! With consummate ease, the man swings everything: chords, basslines and single-note runs, all carrying the clarity, confidence and conviction of an undisputed master. Call off the bouncers. Artist at work.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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