Originally recorded in 1968, but not released until thirty years later on the Laser Light label. Joe's Blues is the first of three sessions Joe Pass recorded with colleague and friend, Herb Ellis. It was recorded following Pass' stint as the featured guitarist on Billy Eckstine's television show. His playing is bursting with energy and is a fine preview of what was to come during the next three decades. Ellis proves to be a complementary accompanist and provides his own trademark playing without infringing on Pass' leadership. Highlights include the foot-stomping "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and the two duets, "The Shadow of Your Smile" and "You Stepped Out of a Dream." The latter two would inspire the highly recommended recordings, Seven, Come Eleven and Two for the Road.
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AllMusic Review by Robert Taylor