Monday, January 14, 2013

Joe Pass - Sounds of Synanon

A significant recording, as this is Joe Pass' debut on vinyl. It was recorded while Pass was still a patient at the Synanon Drug Center in California. Made with fellow patients, Pass proved to be a star. It is interesting to note that Pass played an electric solid-body rock guitar, as he did not even own a guitar at this time. His legendary chops are especially evident on "Projections" and "Hang Tough," featuring some of his cleanest playing ever recorded. His accompanists prove to be adequate, but hardly approach the genius of Pass. A landmark recording in the history of jazz guitar.
Robert Taylor

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Joe Pass
Sounds of Synanon


1 C.E.D. (Pass, Ross)  3:14 
2 Aaron's Song (Allan)  4:30 
3 Stay Loose (Ross)  4:22 
4 Projections (Dykes)  5:10 
5 Hang Tough (Pass)  6:30 
6 Self-Image (Allan)  9:06 
7 Last Call for Coffee (Ross)  4:40
8 Blues (unknow)  4:36 

Joe Pass - g
Arnold Ross - p
Dave Allan - tp
Greg Dykes - b hrn
Ronald Clark - b
Bill Crawford - dr
Candy Latson - bng

Recorded at Pacific Jazz Studios, Hollywood, California ; 1961

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