Joe Pass

Virtuoso No. 3

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This LP in Joe Pass' Virtuoso series differs from the others in that the unaccompanied guitarist performs a dozen originals rather than standards. Pass, who had previously mostly composed blues-oriented pieces, proves to be a surprisingly effective composer, even if his song titles (which include "Sevenths," "Ninths," "Dissonance #1," and "Dissonance #2") are not too inspired. There are more ballads than usual in a Pass solo showcase, but there is enough variety to hold one's interest, even if none of these pieces (which includes one called "Paco DeLucia") caught on.

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