Saturday, June 8, 2013

Portraits of Duke Ellington by Joe Pass

Recorded just a month after Duke Ellington's death, this tribute album (reissued on CD) features guitarist Joe Pass (just beginning to become famous), bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Bobby Durham jamming on eight Ellington tunes and "Caravan" (which was penned by one of Duke's key sidemen, Juan Tizol). The interplay between the three musicians is quite impressive, and Pass' mastery of the guitar is obvious (he didn't really need the other sidemen). Highlights include "In a Mellow Tone," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)." Recommended.
Scott Yanow

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Joe Pass
Portraits of Duke Ellington


1 Satin Doll (Ellington, Mercer, Strayhorn) 5:46
2 I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (Ellington, Mills) 5:32
3 Sophisticated Lady (Ellington, Mills, Parish) 3:40
4 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (Ellington, Webster) 3:41
5 In a Mellow Tone (Ellington, Gabler) 6:20
6 Solitude (DeLange, Ellington, Mills) 5:06
7 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington, Russell) 6:31
8 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (Ellington, Russell) 5:53
9 Caravan (Ellington, Mills, Tizol) 6:10

Joe Pass - g
Ray Brown - b
Bobby Durham - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; June 21, 1974

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salience said...


Scoredaddy said...

thank you very much for this tasty recording.

Melanchthon said...

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!
What a swing the great Joe Pass!!!

fcapeau said...

Joe's Ellington trip is tremendous ... Many thanks, Mel.

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jazzwallah said...

Hi Mel,

Would really appreciate a reposting of this wonderful recording.