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Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: January 13, 1929 | Died: May 23, 1994

Joe Pass almost didn't make it as a musician due to his early battle with drug addiction. But following a successful rehab at Synanon and a recording session with fellow recovered musicians entitled Sounds of Synanon, the guitarist was signed by Dick Bock to the Pacific Jazz label. Pass made several albums as a leader and sideman for Bock, though work started drying up in the late 1960s as rock dominated the music marketplace.

But it was when Joe Pass met impressario Norman Granz that the guitarist's career took off. Granz signed him to his new Pablo label in the early 1970s and recorded him extensively, as a soloist (especially the oustanding Virtuoso series), in duos, trios and as a part of many studio and concert jam sessions. By this time Pass had developed such a virtuoso technique on his instrument that he was considered the “Art Tatum of the guitar” by many critics. Pass especially excelled in his many recordings with piano great Oscar Peterson, as the two men were energized by the stimulation of playing with a fellow master, often at a ridiculous tempo....
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Featured recording “Virtuoso”

Virtuoso

Pablo
2005
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    12 String Guitar (Great Motion Picture Themes) - The Stones Jazz

    Kedar Entertainment Group
    2009
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    Play Hank Williams

    St. Clair Entertainment
    2007
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    Blues For Fred

    Pablo
    2004
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    Virtuoso In New York

    Pablo
    2004
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    Virtuoso

    Fantasy Jazz
    2003
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    Meditation: Solo Guitar

    Fantasy Jazz
    2002
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    The Joe Pass Trio Live At Donte's

    Fantasy Jazz
    2002
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