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Porgy and Bess: Joe Pass & Oscar Peterson

Suppose the jazz age blossomed in 18th century Europe! Suppose Oscar Peterson was a string player like his virtuotic friend Joe Pass! What a unique and awesome sound these two created on this old vinyl release, now on CD, and MP3. Peterson is less "noteful" but definetly noteworthy, and his Tatum inspired style still rings through the plucked string of the clavicord. Joe leads, but more so sets a perfect counterpoint on rhythm and with bass lines that offset Peterson's strings, in that distinctive Pass mellow tone. My wife and I loved this album on record, and loved rediscovering here. The Gerswhin opera is the perfect setting for this audacious and joyful experiment in the sounds of very different centuries. This is a little known treasure!


Born: January 13, 1929 in New Brunswick, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

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...
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