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Live At Donte's

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Artist: The Joe Pass Trio
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: February 2002

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
4 stars out of 4

In 1974 The Joe Pass Trio played a series of dates at Donte's in Los Angeles called "Guitar Night," and they were always on Monday nights. These events caught on and started an entirely new type of entertainment focusing on influential and prominent guitar players like Pass. This was also the first album that Pass provided liner notes for an album. I found his viewpoint to be very illuminating, and he offered an entirely different perspective on his music, much more deeply than anyone else could.

Pass wasn't as revered as his contemporaries, and it totally baffles me as to why. The man served as his own rhythm section while playing some of the most memorable lead jazz and blues licks ever. Joe could take any song, his own or a standard, and turn it upside down and give it his own definitive stamp. On these live remastered tracks that is exactly what he did. Pass's style was silky smooth and defined. He played with the exactness of Segovia, yet he wasn't recognized as the master jazz guitarists that he truly was. It seems now, years after his death, he is being looked upon in a different light. It is sad that it happens that way, and all too frequently. I suppose getting the recognition you really deserve serves its ultimate purpose in preserving an artists' work through lovingly repackaged releases as this. Pablo Records does a superb job with the sound remastering of the tracks. They package it all in a very aesthetically pleasing and informative way. As more of the man's music is uncovered and released, the furthering of his legend and the enormity of his presence as one of the most important jazz guitarists of our time is revealed.

Side One

1. Look What They Done to My Song, Ma (Melanie) - 6:43
2. You Stepped Out of a Dream (Brown/Kahn) - 7:39
3. A Time for Love (Mandel/Webster) - 4:08
4. Donte's Inferno (Pass) - 6:31
5. You Are the Sunshine of My Life (Wonder) - 5:46
6. Secret Love (Fain/Webster) - 7:33
7. Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie/Casey/Pinkard) - 8:28

Side Two

1. Stompin' at the Savoy (Goodman/Sampson/Webb) - 10:39
2. Darn That Dream (DeLange/VanHeusen) - 3:43
3. Milestones (Davis) - 8:16
4. Lullaby of the Leaves (Petkere/Young) - 9:12
5. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (Bergman/Bergman/Legrand) - 3:00
6. Blues for Pamela (Pass) - 9:37


Joe Pass - Guitar, Performer, Original Liner Notes
Norman Granz - Producer, Original Liner Notes
Jim Hughart - Bass (Electric)
Frank Severino - Drums



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