Joe Pass ‎– Songs For Ellen

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Songs for Ellen is an album by jazz guitarist Joe Pass that was recorded in 1992 and released posthumously in 1994.

“This posthumous CD is novel because it features Joe Pass exclusively on acoustic guitar, and it is obvious that he enjoyed every minute of these sessions. “The Shadow of Your Smile” is no longer easy listening fodder, as Pass turns it into a miniature master class in swing. “Star Eyes” is accented by the soft squeaks of Pass’ fingers gently weaving their intricate magic. Most of the works of Joe Pass tended to be improvised blues, so the title track is an exception — a simple yet elegant ballad written for his wife. “Blues for Angel” highlights his matchless mastery of slow blues. The boppish blues “Satellite Village” is a perfect closer. The good news is that there are several more unreleased sessions by Joe Pass that will follow this superb collection.” – Ken Dryden/AllMusic.

Track listing:
“The Shadow of Your Smile” (Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:43
“Song for Ellen” (Joe Pass) – 2:55
“I Only Have Eyes for You” (Al Dubin, Harry Warren) – 2:52
“Stars Fell on Alabama” (Mitchell Parish, Frank Perkins) – 4:07
“That Old Feeling” (Lew Brown, Sammy Fain) – 2:53
“Star Eyes” (Gene de Paul, Don Raye) – 2:40
“Robbins Nest” (Illinois Jacquet, Charles Thompson) – 2:42
“Someone to Watch over Me” (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:00
“Blues for Angel” (Pass) – 3:36
“There’s a Small Hotel” (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 2:53
“How Deep Is the Ocean?” (Irving Berlin) – 2:25
“Stormy Weather” (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 3:16
“Just Friends” (John Klenner, Sam M. Lewis) – 3:21
“Blue Moon” (Hart, Rodgers) – 3:29
“Satellite Village” (Pass) – 2:34

Joe Pass – acoustic guitar


Released: 1994
Recorded: August 7–20, 1992
Studio: Group IV Recording Studio, Hollywood, California
Length: 45:26
Label: Pablo
Producer: Eric Miller