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Joe Pass

Joe Pass did the near-impossible. He was able to play up-tempo versions of bop tunes such as "Cherokee" and "How High the Moon" unaccompanied on the guitar. Unlike Stanley Jordan, Pass used conventional (but superb) technique, and his Virtuoso series on Pablo still sounds remarkable decades later.

Joe Pass had a false start in his career. He played in a few swing bands (including Tony Pastor's) before graduating from high school, and was with Charlie Barnet for a time in 1947. But after serving in the military, Pass became a drug addict, serving time in prison and essentially wasting a decade. He emerged in 1962 with a record cut at Synanon, made a bit of a stir with his For Django set, recorded several other albums for Pacific Jazz and World Pacific, and performed with Gerald Wilson, Les McCann, George Shearing, and Benny Goodman (1973).

However, in general Pass maintained a low profile in Los Angeles until he was signed by Norman Granz to his Pablo label. 1973's Virtuoso made him a star and he recorded very prolifically for Pablo, unaccompanied, with small groups, on duo albums with Ella Fitzgerald, and with such masters as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, and Dizzy Gillespie. Pass remained very active up until his death from cancer. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Barney kessel is my big influence, but when he solos it sounds sloppy and can barley understand it.so I would have a technique from Joe soloing and that great walking bass line they both actually do.
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Admire his captivating style.
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da.dungee
I have been playing guitar for 50 years, from rock, to serious study of classical and jazz. JP has been and will always be tops in my book. Been listening to JP since early 70's. JP inspired me with his unique ability to hear and play notes and chords between composed notes and chords and his ability to play with anyone or solo and sound great. May you RIP Joe!
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joecostanza7
followed him at 14. saw him live in san diego in 77. my rock and blues buddy did a come along, first time he ever acknowledged a layer other than the rolling stones. Long live your legacy joe
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The Master! His playing is the standard against which all others are judged. I am a jazx guitarist. and stand in awe of his brilliant technique and musicality.
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williamcaubl e
I saw Joe in an upstairs room at a club along the San Diego beach highway near Encinitas or was it Del Mar, years ago. I went with some guitar playing buddies from Scripps Ranch who knew about Joe. I was amazed.

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oa.devonport
Interesting that , in an interview, George Harrison was asked Who is the best guitarist in the world? , George did not hesitate in saying Joe Pass , no question ! Hmm.....Good enough for me .
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THAT WAS AWESOME TO BE ABLE TO PERFORM WITH ONE OF THE BEST!
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bobaltig
In 1967 I sang backup vocal in a session to cut a demo record at the Loren Whitney studios in Glendale, CA. My jaw hit the floor when Joe Pass walked into the studio to play the gig. It was an experience of a lifetime.
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Phrasing Master, melodic & tasteful, uncle Joe....
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Just listened to Summertime off of Remembering Charlie Parker. Made me stop to listen, just listen.
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I think Pass worked the instrument to its full musical capabilities more than any other jazz guitarist. Always amazing, always just right.
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From Joe Pass to Lenny Brough to Chuck Wright. Thank you all. It was an honor to be able to listen to such talent. RIP......
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oscar.islas8 1 8
a true master.
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LOVE JOE PASS
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before i looked up to see that it was joe pass i thought it was les paul, but both are great
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Steve Carey

I am so amazed when I hear Joe Pass play. His chord melodies are so unique that I don't have to look to see who is playing. He just has a style and groove like no other.
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ronald.annet t e
Saw JP in the early 80's at 'On Broadway' in Massapequa,N Y . I have recordings of the shows I'll cherish them forever.
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parallax58
An amazing talent, graceful, clear, light and complete in everything he ever recorded. Too late to the table and too soon lost. He will be remembered long after lesser talents fade. I can't wait for the next edition.
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marqsonkey
One of the BEST.
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Wow! Absolutely Great!
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I saw Joe Pass, Ray Brown, and Max Roach at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago in the 70's. What a night to remember.
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frankgpotter
The VERY BEST of the best . Thank you Joe !
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am related to Joe through the Passalaqua family, so have met and heard him play many times in our home, he was a gentle, quiet, always smiling, man. Very sweet and calm, would play from the kitchen sofa just the same as in concert hall, no difference, just amazing, so ethereal, showed no effort or stress ever.
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artd1
Had the privilege of working with Joe in '79 and '80 as a rep for Polytone. What a gas to sit with him for an hour here and there and have him demo the equipment. Most folks will never make the hardware sound the same. God rest you Joe.
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bkarman
What an amazing artist. Thanks to Pandora for introducing me to him and similar artists. Pick one great one and Pandora does the rest.
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jamesbconkle
Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald together. Two of the most compassionat e and greatest voices ever.
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Joe was one of the best ever! Saw him live many times, talked to him. Very humble, gracious man. Truly an inspiration. I left a guitar pick on his grave in Piscataway, NJ.
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tammy2364
I don't even tjink he as in the rolling stone top one hundred guitarist. . I play a little but never go to the point where I can play any one. I love to listen to all kind of music and can really aorecieate the way Joe Pass plays. He just sound so..... Relaxed in his style . Awsome.
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I've tried to play his songs - I can't even compare - and I've been playing for over 10 years
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bahbahblacks h e e p 5
what can i say,joe is smooth andthe greatest.
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Pass was the best, had the pleasure of meeting in the village, came right over to us. the greatest
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boobzac
Joe Pass is the greatest guitarist ever!!!!
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ssnel
What a master he was. Check out his duo guitar work with Herb Ellis and his work with the awesome pianist, Oscar Peterson.
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an archtop and a polytone in effing credible
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blauramoore
I find Joe Pass to be among the most amazing musicians in modern history. His sound and style were remarkable and his improvisatio n a l skills were ethereal. To me he represents the apex of solo jazz guitar and ranks as one of the best guitarist ever. Without Pandora I likely never would have heard of this incredible guitarist. Thank you Pandora.
Joe Pass
R.I.P
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Heard of Joe Pass but really had not concentrated on his style until now great sounds from him. Of course I have always Jazz since I was a kid in Junior High. Thats too many years to count on my hands and feet don't have enough hands and feet. Joe Pass is on my stations list now.
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rikmartini
It doesn't matter if you are a musician, a guitarist or an avid listener, Joe Pass's talent gave everyone listener something special. I never tire of hearing him play. He did melody, improvisatio n but he never looses this listener. He is the man!
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Saw Joe at fat tuesdays one night. Just a guitar and a polytone no effects one and a half hours of great music
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miaharted
I work with a guy who worked with Joe in the early days. I'm so glad my pal turned me on to Mr. Pass! wow!
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Ryan.Houts
This station is excellent.
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passagreg
I could listen to him all day. Wow.
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jorgemachado
Joe pass was not human. His technique and talent was and still is other-worldl y ! I only wish he were still here with us as an example of how to "really" play the guitar.
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Joe Pass is a life study on the guitar.
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A touch as light as a feather, knowledge as deep as a well, and jaw-dropping technique - one of the greatest guitar players of all time.
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stockton.2
I was driving down us1 in Miami one night and passed the old Checkmate Lounge in south miami when I saw the sign Joe Pass one night only. Immediadly went in and there he was doodling away. Called several friends who I knew were into him brought a drink and sat back, now this is in the late seventies okay. Several really hot clubs and the Airpot lounge always had great drop in artists. By 11 or so the lounge started to fill up with some of the best, and worst, musicians in Miami. I remember one d
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beautiful music
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jroberson1
Every time I hear Joe play,
it reminds me of my father before he passed away.
There were many jazz greats he liked yes,
but to him Joe was one of the best.

Love ya dad.
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Lovin this dude. What a talent!
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Simply the best there ever was. We all miss you, Joe.
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