Personnel includes: Joe Pass, John Pisano (guitar); Jim Hughart (bass); Colin Bailey (drums); Gerald Wilson's Orchestra, Richard Groove Holmes, Les McCann.
Personnel: Joe Pass (guitar, 12-string guitar); John Pisano (guitar); Joe Maini, Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Clifford Scott, Harold Land, Teddy Edwards (tenor saxophone); Jack Nimitz, Don Raffell (baritone saxophone); Dave Allen , Jules Chaikin, Freddie Hill, Carmell Jones, Al Porcino, Lou Blackburn, John Audino (trumpet); Bobby Knight, Kenny Shroyer, Bob Edmondson, Lester Robertson, Frank Strong (trombone); Greg Dykes (baritone horn); Clare Fischer, Jack Wilson , Les McCann, Arnold Ross (piano); Richard "Groove" Holmes (organ); Colin Bailey, Bill Crawford, Larry Bunker, Mel Lewis, Ron Jefferson (drums); Candy Patson (bongos).
Liner Note Author: Doug Messenger.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (02/1961-09/1964).
Arranger: Gerald Wilson.
Although this CD sticks to Joe Pass' early period and cannot be accurately called "The Best," it does feature the guitarist in prime form. Rarest among the selections are three numbers from Pass' debut, Sounds of Synanon. In addition, the guitarist is heard on four selections from his classic For Django date; he performs "More" from a movie theme record and "But Beautiful" from his Catch Me date; and he makes guest appearances with Gerald Wilson's big band, Richard Groove Holmes and Les McCann. Although sticking much more to single-note lines than he would in his later Pablo days, Joe Pass was already instantly recognizable and a major (if at the time underrecognized) guitarist. Worth picking up. ~ Scott Yanow
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