Few guitarists in the jazz idiom have reached the level of virtuosity that Joe Pass established and refined throughout his career. His playing in group settings was flawless, but he revealed his true genius as a solo guitarist who could simultaneously play all aspects of a jazz composition or a blues tune melody, rhythm, chordal harmonies, bass lines and rapid-fire improvisations with an impeccable sense of taste and style that wowed critics and listeners around the world.
Compiled in this video are a series of performances from 1962 to 1982 that capture the essence, brilliant technique and enormous talent of Joe Pass. Also featured are brief interviews were Joe discusses his origins as a guitarist and his thoughts on his music. Joe Pass has inspired legions of players, yet he remains unsurpassed as the most genial jazz guitarist of our time.
Titles include: Prelude To A Kiss, The Song Is You, Blues In G, Tricotism, Satin Doll, Soft Winds. Original Blues In G. Sonnymoon For Two, Move. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life, Misty. Plus bonus tracks: Joe Pass in Concert 1991.
\'The Genius of Joe Pass\' offers prime examples of his breathtaking solo work, and shows how his exquisite improvisations evolved and became increasingly sophisticated as Pass became more confident and free with his playing. This video is by no means a complete retrospective of his work. Pass’ discography is immense; such a compilation would require many hours of viewing, and the difficulties in obtaining and licensing that much footage make such a project nearly impossible. The footage assembled here unequivocally documents what made Joe Pass truly unique among the jazz guitarists of his time, and the huge debt those who have followed his example owe to this remarkable man.
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