Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Joe Pass & J. J. Johnson

Few would argue with the statement that there is not an excess of guitar-trombone duet albums. In fact, in terms of instrumentation, this date may very well be somewhat unique in jazz history. Trombonist J.J. Johnson had already been the pacesetter on his instrument for nearly 40 years at the time, while guitarist Joe Pass proved in the 1970s that he could make his axe fulfill all the roles of an orchestra. Still, the strong success of this inspired outing is a bit of a surprise. While Pass often adds walking lines behind Johnson, the trombonist sometimes plays long tones behind the guitarist's solos. Most exciting are the spots where the two share the lead equally. Other than Bud Powell's "Bud's Blues" and Johnson's "Naked as a Jaybird," the duo sticks to standards. But obviously, these versions sound quite a bit different than usual. Highlights include "Wave," "Limehouse Blues," "Nature Boy," and "When Lights Are Low." Highly recommended.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/well-be-together-again-mw0000267680

Joe Pass
J.J. Johnson
We'll Be Together Again


1 Wave (Jobim) 3:32
2 We'll Be Together Again (Fischer, Laine) 4:19
3 Naked as a Jaybird (Johnson) 5:00
4 Blue Bossa (Dorham) 4:05
5 Limehouse Blues (Braham, Furber) 5:43
6 How Long Has This Been Going On ? (Gershwin, Gershwin) 5:25
7 Bud's Blues (Powell) 4:20
8 Nature Boy (Ahbez) 2:30
9 Solar (Davis) 4:17
10 When Lights Are Low (Carter, Williams) 5:07


Joe Pass - g
J. J. Johnson - tb

Recorded at Group IV Recording Studios, Hollywood ; October 26, 1983.


alfredlion said...

Many thanks for this one. This is one of my favorite LPs. I often play the vinyl. It'll be nice to have such a good digital copy.

Thanks as always

lcbriza said...

I didn't know this one. Thanks for the share.

upkerry14 said...

very unusual, thanks, b

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zeca74 said...

Unique and wonderful; Thank you very much

Scoredaddy said...

wow, guitar with trombone. Looks fascinating!

Eric said...

Looks interesting.

Melanchthon said...


Luis said...

Thanks Melanchthon. I have this from the early days, when mp3 128 was the rule.

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fcapeau said...

Love duets works ! Was looking for this one for a long time !! Many thanks, Mel.