Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sunday Music Music Day - Joe Pass Quartet & Septet, Kenny Burrell

The Sunday Music Muse Day finds us enduring a cold, but fairly clear, winter day. A rather lazy one, too, consisting of a light lunch, a short walk, and afternoon nap, and filling my waking hours with warm jazz guitar music.  First is Joe Pass Quartet & Septet Walking Up, a two CD set of the earliest recordings of the legendary jazz guitarist as a leader, "including his complete original long unavailable 1962 LP Sounds of Synanon (Pachic Jazz PJ48)." For background Synanon was a therapeutic community that applied the techniques of Alcoholics Anonymous to narcotics addicts.  Joe Pass had a known drug addiction problem. "This session assembled largely unknown jazz musicians who were in residence at the time," from the liner notes by Lawrence Steel (2017).  Many might think more of Joe's incredible solo guitar concerts. The music is amazing on these CDs. The selection of tunes will warm the heart of any lover of jazz guitar.  I can see this set become a favorite of mine. I've enjoyed many of these tunes played by Bob Sneider at his many gigs, keeping the tradition going.

My second selection is by another jazz guitar legend, Kenny Burrell the Road to Love, a live set recorded Catalina's in Hollywood CA, on May 30-31 2015. This was year before Kenny suffer a fall leading to continuing medical problems and hard ships.This another fine collection jazz tune to warm the heart.  Including the Lil'Darlin' which appears on the Joe Pass CD.  That shows how contacted these giants of guitar are connect to jazz guitar tradition. One of my favorite tunes on this CD is Duke Ellington's Single Petal of Rose, from the Queen's Suite (1959) "Ellington and Billy Strayhorn wrote "The Queen's Suite" for Queen Elizabeth II who was presented with a single pressing of the recording, which was not commercially issued during Ellington's lifetime. - Wikipedia. There's much more to enjoy on this CD.

Again, nothing warms the heart on cold winter day than some good jazz.  Enjoy.

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