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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Tribute To Duke Ellington, 30 Nov 2010
This review is from: Portraits Of Duke Ellington (Audio CD)
For listeners who have heard his 'For Django' and 'Virtuoso' albums, this is the next Joe Pass album to get. Whilst the aforementioned albums featured Joe Pass in quartet and solo settings respectively, this album affords the listener a chance to hear him leading a great trio, playing interpretations of many of the finest tunes by Duke Ellington. Pass is aided by the consummate bass work of Ray Brown and the relaxed drumming of Bobby Durham, but remains the focus of attention throughout, a role which Pass was better able to fulfil than any other guitarist of the period. On some numbers his extraordinary facility is to the fore, but it is also rewarding to hear his relaxed phrasing on 'Do Nothin' 'Till You Hear From Me' and a beautiful solo version of 'Solitude' where his technique is completely at the service of the music. Three of the nine songs are solo renditions providing a contrast of texture with the trio work, and adding to the intimate nature of the recording. As tributes to Duke Ellington go, this ranks as one of the finest.
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