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Virtuoso (Joe Pass album)

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Recorded  August 28, 1973
Producer  Norman Granz
Release date  December 1973
Genres  Jazz, Bebop
Length  51:51
Artist  Joe Pass
Label  Pablo Records
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Released  December 1973 (1973-12)
Studio  MGM Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Similar  For Django, Virtuoso No 2, Sophisticated Lady, Virtuoso No 4, Joe's Blues

Joe pass virtuoso 1973

Virtuoso is an album by jazz guitarist Joe Pass, released in 1973. Despite having only one original composition ("Blues for Alican"), it is widely considered to be his best album, as well as one of the best jazz guitar albums. The remastered version used 20-bit K2 Super Coding System technology and included liner notes by Benny Green.



Contemporaneous reviews were positive. For example, The Guardian commented on Pass' "staggering dexterity, [...] matched by his fluency of ideas and the originality of his voicing", and The Irish Times stated that, "Apart from a certain fallibility with regard to time, Pass is without significant fault, a fact borne out by the quite incredible performances here". Looking back from 2005, All About Jazz described the album as "the recording to announce that Joe Pass had arrived", and said that he had "accomplished, using standard guitar performance techniques, to play lead melody lines, chords, and bass rhythm simultaneously and at tempo, giving the listener the impression that multiple guitars were being played".

Track listing

  1. "Night and Day" (Cole Porter) – 3:32
  2. "Stella by Starlight" (Ned Washington, Victor Young) – 5:10
  3. "Here's That Rainy Day" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 3:36
  4. "My Old Flame" (Sam Coslow, Arthur Johnston) – 5:17
  5. "How High the Moon" (Nancy Hamilton, Morgan Lewis) – 4:59
  6. "Cherokee" (Ray Noble) – 3:37
  7. "Sweet Lorraine" (Cliff Burwell, Mitchell Parish) – 4:09
  8. "Have You Met Miss Jones?" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 4:42
  9. "'Round Midnight" (Bernie Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams) – 3:38
  10. "All the Things You Are" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) – 4:01
  11. "Blues for Alican" (Joe Pass) – 5:29
  12. "The Song Is You" (Hammerstein, Kern) – 4:34


  • Joe Pass – guitar
  • Sales and chart positions

    Virtuoso outsold nearly every other release in the Pablo catalog and established Pass as the premier mainstream jazz guitarist of the time.


    1Night and Day3:32
    2Stella by Starlight5:11
    3Here's That Rainy Day3:37


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