Monday, January 18, 2016

Joe Pass & Les McCann - Something Special

This edition contains all 1962 collaborations by Joe Pass and pianist Les McCann, who would continue working together the following year. Their 1962 output consists of their participation on Richard “Groove” Holmes LP Somethin' Special (Pacific Jazz PJ-ST51) and on McCann's own album On Time (Pacific Jazz PJ56). Both records appear here in their entirety, as well as two tracks from the second LP that were not included on the original album. As a bonus, the complete LP Back in Town ! (Pacific Jazz PJ54/World Pacific Jazz ST20150). Issued under the name of singer/guitarist Bumble Bee Slim (born Amos Easton), it consisted of two sessions, one featuring Pass, and the other featuring McCann.

Source :

Joe Pass
Les McCann
Something Special
The 1962 Sessions


Cd. 1

1 Something Special (McCann)  9:14
2 Black Groove (McCann)  5:48
3 Me & Groove (McCann)  3:13
4 Comin' Through The Apple (McCann)  5:19
5 I Thought I Knew You (McCann)  6:32
6 Carma (McCann)  5:28
7 On Time (McCann)  4:20
8 Yours Is My Heart Alone (Hertzer, Lehar, Loehner)  4:49
9 This For Doug (Jefferson)  5:59
10 Fondue (McCann)  5:17
11 Bernie's Tune (Miller)  3:06
12 Maichen (Vinnegar)  4:37


Cd. 2

1 It Could Happen To You (Burke, VanHeusen)  5:06
2 You're Driving Me Crazy (Donaldson)  5:01
3 So What (Davis)  3:06
4 The Other Way (McCann)  4:51
5 Free At Pass... Thank God Allmighty... Free At Pass (McCann)  5:03
6 Meet Me In The Bottom (Easton)  3:25
7 In The Evening (Carr)  4:33
8 New B & O Blues (Easton)  2:44
9 Puppy Love (Easton)  5:02
10 Wake Up In The Mornin' (Easton)  2:46
11 Wee Baby Blues (Turner, Johnson)  5:52
12 I'm the One (Easton)  2:34
13 Direct South (Easton)  3:34
14 Driftin' Blues (Easton)  4:33
15 Midnight Special (Scott)  2:31


[cd. 1, # 1-6] "Somethin' Special" (Pacific Jazz PJ-ST51)
Clifford Scott - as & ts
Richard “Groove” Holmes - org
Joe Pass - g
Les McCann - p
Ron Jefferson - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; April 1962
[cd. 1, # 7-12, & cd. 2, # 1-5] "On Time" (Pacific Jazz PJ56)
Les McCann - p
Joe Pass - g
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Ron Jefferson - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; May-August 1962
[Cd. 2, # 6-15] "Back in Town !" (Pacific Jazz PJ54/World Pacific Jazz ST20150)
* [# 6-12] (Omit Les McCann)
Joe Pass - g
Curtis Amy - ts [out # 10]
Lou Blackburn - tb [# 8, 10 & 12 only]
Richard “Groove” Holmes - org
Bumble Bee Slim - vcl & g
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Ron Jefferson - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; April 1962
* [# 13-15] (Omit Joe Pass)
Les McCann - p
Bumble Bee Slim - vcl & g
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Ron Jefferson - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; April 26, 1962


Fernando said...

Thank you verymuch. I love Joe Pass and is good to hear his old records.

Jazzhound said...

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deGallo said...

Thank you. Super fine!

john_a said...

Thank you for this one too!
I do think the booklet has a mistake on bonus album "Back In Town" credits for Joe Pass. They list Joe on CD2, 1-6 and then say omit Joe on CD2, 13-15, when actually I am sure I hear just the opposite! Joe is only on the last two tracks of the Bumble Bee Slim album - you can hear him on twelve string guitar on Driftin' Blues, and he gets going on some jazzy single-note runs towards the end of Midnight Special.

ruskaval said...


p.s. booklet 8-9 are missing...

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Luis said...

Thank you. Excellent post as usual in you.

-Otto- said...

Thanks for this post, Melanchthon! And thanks for the p. 8-9 booklet addition.

david said...

Thank you very much for this great album. Unfortunatly the link for the pages 8-9 says "File does not exist on this server".

Toad said...

Yes something special, thanks

5 cents said...

OUTSTANDING Mel. Thanks so much. Big Les McCann fan. Sunny and hot yesterday...108F in Sacramento, California. Thank goodness it will ONLY be 103F today. Will stay cool listening to your posts!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel for this and others.

Melanchthon said...

+ booklet8/9

Pee said...

Wow, this post is the highlight of my week! Thanks so much Mel. I love Groove Holmes and Les McCann and adding Joe Pass just makes it better :)

Fred Archtop said...

Great ! Thanks Mel.

Mike said...

Another good one! Thanks.

AmyBRAINS said...

A fantastic upgrade to me.
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Wow! Thanks Mel.