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He is considered one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century. Pass worked often with pianist Oscar Peterson and vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. He was raised in JohnstownPennsylvania. He received his first guitar, a Harmonyon his ninth birthday. His father recognized early that his son had "a little something happening" and Spirits Of The Future - Various - A Vision Of Trance - Tapovan him to learn tunes by ear, Bay City Blues - Joe Pass - One For My Baby scalesplay pieces written for other instruments, and to fill in the space between the notes of the melody.
As early as 14, Pass started getting jobs performing. He played with bands led by Tony Pastor and Charlie Barnethoning his guitar skills while learning about the music business. He began traveling with small jazz groups and moved from Pennsylvania to New York City.
Within a few years he had developed an addiction to heroin, and spent much of the s in prison. He eventually recovered after a two-and-a-half-year stay in the Synanon rehabilitation program. During that time he "didn't do a lot of playing". Around this time he received his trademark Gibson ES guitar as a gift, which he used on tours and records for many years.
Inhe received Downbeat magazine's New Star Award. He toured with George Shearing in During the s, he did mostly TV and recording session work in Los Angeles. In the early s, he and guitarist Herb Ellis performed together regularly at Donte's jazz club in Los Angeles. In the early s, Pass collaborated on a series of music books, and his Joe Pass Guitar Style written with Bill Thrasher is considered a leading improvisation textbook for students of jazz.
InPass released his solo album Virtuoso on Pablo. He performed with them on many occasions throughout the s and s. Before his death, he recorded an album of Hank Williams songs with country guitarist Roy Clark. Live at Yoshi's, this release was colored by sad circumstances: both bassist Monty Budwig and Pass were stricken with fatal illnesses. Nevertheless, all concerned, including drummer Colin Bailey and second guitarist John Pisanoplay up to their usual high levels Issued posthumously, this material is hardly sub-standard.
Bristling with energy throughout, it helps document the final stages in the career of a player who, arguably, was the greatest mainstream guitarist since Wes Montgomery. New York magazine said of him, "Joe Pass looks like somebody's uncle and plays guitar like nobody's business.
He's called 'the world's greatest' and often compared to Paganini for his virtuosity. There is a certain purity to his sound that makes him stand out easily from other first-rate jazz guitarists. He would add what Sweet Dreams - Janet Jackson - Janet. called "color tones" to his compositions to give what he believed was a more sophisticated and funkier sound.
He would often use counterpoint during improvisation, move lines and chords chromatically, or play melodies by shifting chords and descending History Of Lies - Blues Explosion* - Extra Width arpeggios at the end of phrases. Pass's early style influenced by guitarist Django Reinhardt and saxophonist Bay City Blues - Joe Pass - One For My Baby Parkerwas marked by fast single-note lines.
As he made the transition from ensemble to solo guitar, he abandoned the pick to play fingerstyle. He found this enabled him to execute his harmonic concepts more effectively. He weaves his own fast-moving chords and filigree work so nimbly that it is hard to believe fingers can physically shift so quickly. Slight moustached, fairly balding, he frowns over his fretwork like a worried head waiter with more Rozzo - Into Your Heart than tables but the sound that comes out could only be the confident product of years of devotion to the instrument But it is when he plays completely solo, which he does for half of each set, that he comes into his own, because without hindrance of the rhythm section he can completely orchestrate each number.
Sometimes it is by contrasting out of tempo sections with fast-moving interludes, sometimes by switching mood from wistful to lightly swinging, sometimes by alternating single-note lines with chords or simultaneous bass line and melody-the possibilities seem endless. Luckily, there is a new L. It is called Virtuoso and rightly so. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Joe Pass. Further information: Joe Pass discography.
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