Pass, Joe - Resonance

Year of Release: 2000
Label: Pablo
Catalog Number: PACD-2310-968-2
Format: CD
Total Time: 59:26:00

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The dictionary defines resonance as "Relating to intensification or prolongation of sound." If there is any one word that defines Joe Pass, it's intense. In addition, passionately so. His world-renowned guitar playing is now legend.

The month was December and the year was 1974, the place ... the Hollywood club Donte's. This one night has become as legendary as the man who made it so.

To hear Joe Pass in a studio setting was likely to be more prohibited and inflexible. A live presentation however is always more spur-of-the-moment and imaginative. Pass proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that he was one of the supreme jazz guitarists to walk the face of this earth. His agile and adroit fingers gave him a quickness and touch that few could equal. Roy Clark comes to mind as one that may have had a fighting chance to keep up with him. In fact, Pass made an album with Clark (Play Hank Williams, 1995), giving everyone a glance at the dexterity and similarities that they shared. That fastidious album was one that slipped through the cracks, and it needs to be given a good listen by critics and fans alike.

Pass was cat quick, but used a beautiful tender touch with the guitar that gave each note a blissful resonance that eased it's way into your consciousness. The music isn't loud and powerful, it's engaging and alluring, and always welcoming you back for another moment to savor. He had a way of gently nudging his audience and supporting band members into giving their very best. Always in total control and authority of each tune, he never gave anything away. If you played with Joe, you had to work hard to keep up with him.

I really wish I could have been there that night at Donte's. It must have been a divine experience for all that watched and participated.

It Could Happen To You (5:26) / Corcovado (5:31) / Too Late Now (4:30) / How Deep Is The Ocean (7:11) / Come Rain Or Come Shine (7:41) / The Lamp Is Low (5:44) / Yardbird Suite (5:00) / N.E.C. Blues (5:56) / Misty (2:51) / Bloos For Baby B (11:36)

Joe Pass - guitar
Jim Hughart - electric bass
Frank Severino - drums

Live At Donte's (1974)
Resonance (2000)
What Is There To Say: Joe Pass Solo Guitar (2001)
Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass - Sophisticated Lady (2001)
Meditation: Solo Guitar (2002)
See for more

Genre: Jazz-Trad. Jazz

Origin US

Added: December 15th 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck

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