Joe Pass

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This unusual LP was the result of a collaboration of Joe Pass with Tommy Gumina, the creator of Polytone amps and inventor of the Polyccorus (a souped-up accordion), along with veteran drummer Jimmie Smith. Although Gumina states in his notes that he hadn't played regularly for some 15 years preceding this session, he and Smith gel instantly with the matchless playing of Pass. There's a heavy concentration on familiar standards, including a glistening run through "My Shining Hour," but a surprising original blues by Pass and Gumina features the guitarist switching briefing to a sound more familiar to heavy metal fans, though his ability to swing never diminishes. While it may not be a top priority to acquire, it's worth buying, if you can find it.