Joe Pass – Back in June this year we blogged about a great recording featuring Canadian jazz guitarist Ed Bickert, playing beautifully well (as always) in a duo setting with trombonist Rob McConnell. This got us thinking about other great jazz duos which feature a guitarist.
It didn’t take us long to come up with the name of the great jazz guitarist Joe Pass. Not only was he a master of solo guitar playing, a wonderful accompanist and a great single-line soloist, he was also quite incredible in a duo setting.
One of his most famous collaborations was with the acoustic jazz bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. Their seemingly telepathic musical communication is quite incredible to listen to and at times it is easy to forget that the vast majority of what they were playing was improvised right on the bandstand, with little or no pre-planning.
Both masters of the jazz language and especially jazz rhythm, feast your eyes and ears on this video filmed in Oct 1992 of Pass and Pederson playing ‘Oleo’ by Sonny Rollins. (“Oleo” is one of a number of well-known jazz standards to feature rhythm changes – chords drawn originally from George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm”)
Duo jazz playing really doesn’t get much better than this.