Monday, July 7, 2014

Joe Pass Simplicity 1967

Joe Pass recorded this gorgeous album in 1967. Though a bit on the "easy" listening side, it is a total gem. The album was beautifully recorded and Joe's guitar sound is top notch, on a par with the earlier 1960s albums "For Django" (click link for full album) and "Joy Spring." This album is not so well known as these classic titles but if you haven't heard "Simplicity" yet, you are in for a treat. The personell is:

Joe Pass – guitar
Hagood Hardy – vibes
Julian Lee – piano, organ
Bob Whitlock – bass
Colin Bailey – drums
Listen to the 11 tunes here:


  1. Thanks for taking the time to put this together's very nice and chill as the kids say :)

    Take care and all the best.


  2. Always amazed me how someone so good at improvising and solo work could bring it in to work in an ensemble like Joe could. I never got into Joe until well after he passed, how sad. I hadn't heard of this album until now. Thank you, Dick.

  3. Joe's guitar sounds just perfect on this album. Does anyone know which amp he used?

  4. Hi! I think that Joe Pass used his thumb a lot on this album. Fingers for the chordal stuff, Wes-style thumb for the single-note lines. Best, Staffan William-Olsson