Joe Pass (1929-1994) is one of the finest jazz guitarists in history. There is little dispute about that. His solo guitar recordings are exemplary but my personal favorite Joe Pass records are “Intercontinental ” recorded June of 1970 in Germany with Kenny Clare and Eberhard Weber and “In Hamburg” which was recorded 1990-1992 with big band and orchestra.
The fact that both of these recordings were made in Germany is noteworthy. Most of his recordings were made in L.A.
Toward the end of his life he lived in Germany and was married to a German woman I believe.
It was in L.A. (in the late 1970’s) that I happened to first meet Joe and had the pleasure to learn from him first hand.
If I had to name my top five Jazz guitar albums it would go something like this:
1) Intercontinental- Joe Pass (1970)
2) Live- Pat Martino (1972)
3) Down Here On the Ground- Wes Montgomery (1968)
4) A Night at the Vanguard- Kenny Burrell (1959)
5) any Django Reinhardt “greatest” collection