Six String Santa

by Joe Pass

(1992) Laserlight #15 470

Personnel Joe Pass (g), John Pisano (g), Jim Hughart (b), Colin Bailey (d)
Description A collection of some of your favorite Christmas tunes from the jazz chord-melody master, Joe Pass
Posted By Christopher Sung (9641)
Directory Recordings: Jazz
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (of 5)
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On 11/30/2000, Frederick Burton (5465) posted:
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Since this is the holiday I decided to pick up a couple of christmas' recordings which included this recording. To say the least, I haven't opened the others yet!!! Joe's playing as good as ever. I'm swingin'
On 1/6/2000, Maciek Sakrejda (8047) posted:
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Very nice stuff. My favorite jazz tunes were always ones where an artist would take off on a very familiar melody, and there's plenty of that here. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" is definitely my favorite, though. It's taken at a very leisurely pace and has a great moody feel to it. The whole disk is great and worth checking out.
On 12/18/1999, Christopher Sung (9641) posted:
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This album has 3 types of settings: solo guitar, two-track guitar, and a quartet setting with Joe, a 2nd guitar, bass, and drums. For those who'd like to get a taste of what Joe Pass is all about, and get some great music for the holidays, then this disc is for you. If you're more interested in the simultaneous melody-chords-walking style for which Joe is known, you're probably better off getting Virtuoso. There's some of it on here (check out "White Christmas" and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"), but probably not enough.

Some of the quartet tracks are pretty sweet ("God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" in 3/4), and there's also the "Happy Holiday Blues", which lets Joe loose on a 12-bar jazz blues, and upon which he takes full opportunity to spread his wings and uncork some hip ideas...