Thursday, May 9, 2013

Joe Pass - Intercontinental

Joe Pass recorded almost exclusively for American record labels during his long career, so this 1973 studio date for BASF is a rare exception. With bassist Eberhard Weber and drummer Kenny Clare's brushwork, the legendary guitarist plays a half dozen or so standards, including the gently swinging takes of "Chloe" and "Stompin' at the Savoy," a soft arrangement of Jobim's Meditation," and a very lively version of "I Love You" (also featuring solos by his rhythm section). He also improvises the tasty "Joe's Blue's," plays a light samba written by the session's recording director ("El Gento"), puts some life into the normally dull 1960's pop hit "Ode to Billy Joe" by playing it in a Latin groove, and concludes with the very familiar standard from the Count Basie songbook, "Lil' Darlin'," which he must have performed hundreds of times during his career. While his playing is rather reserved compared to his later extensive recordings for Pablo, and this release is by no means near the top of the late guitarist's considerable discography as a leader or soloist, fans of Joe Pass who manage to locate this long unavailable LP won't be disappointed.
Ken Dryden

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Joe Pass


1 Chole (Moret [Chas. N. Daniels], Kahn)  5:25
2 Meditation (Gimbel, Carlos, Mendonça)  5:27
3 I Cover the Waterfront (Green, Green, Heyman)  4:16
4 I Love You (Porter)  5:01
5 Stompin' at the Savoy (Goodman, Razaf, Sampson, Webb)  4:24
6 Watch What Happens (Legrand)  5:24
7 Joe's Blues (Pass)  6:00
8 El Gento (Fruth)  4:03
9 Ode to Billy Joe (Gentry)  3:32
10 Lil' Darlin' (Hefti)  3:45

Joe Pass - g
Eberhard Weber - b
Kenny Clare - dr

Recorded at MPS-Tonstudio, Villingen, Germany ; June 1970


Melanchthon said...

Heervee said...

I'm with you night and day, thank you for this one, i never heared about!

Bhowani said...

It's Kenny Clare, not Klook !

thanks Melanchthon (it was my first Lp by Pass)

Melanchthon said...

Thank you, Bhowani...

dewhy said...

What the hell does Ken Dryden know?? In fact, this album is at the very top of Joe's recorded output. Pablo records are basically unproduced (ie:throw a bunch of masters together and see what happens)
Let me put it this way: show me a JP album where his guitar SOUNDS this good? Hans-Georg knew how to get sounds. If ONLY HGBS had produced "Virtuoso". Joe's
performance is brilliant despite an awful and inconsistent guitar sound.

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Markus Rose said...

This is excellent! Thank you!