Joe Pass – Ira, George and Joe

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Ira, George and Joe is a live album by American jazz guitarist Joe Pass, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). It was re-issued in 1994 on CD by Original Jazz Classics. It is a tribute album to the songs of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
Joe Pass recorded so many solo sets for Pablo during the 1970s and ’80s that hearing him in a quartet format almost seems unusual. Here Pass is joined by his old friend rhythm guitarist John Pisano, bassist Jim Hughart, and drummer Shelly Manne for 11 songs by George and Ira Gershwin. The melodies are quite familiar (“Bidin’ My Time” is the closest one to an obscurity), and few surprises occur, but the music swings and the results are quite enjoyable. No matter how times one hears “Lady Be Good,” “A Foggy Day,” “‘S Wonderful” and “Embraceable You,” there is always room for another superior version.

Track listing:
All songs by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin

Bidin’ My Time” – 5:06
How Long Has This Been Going On?” – 3:24
Soon” – 3:51
Oh, Lady be Good!” – 4:23
But Not for Me” – 3:13
A Foggy Day” – 2:43
It Ain’t Necessarily So” – 5:47
Love Is Here to Stay” – 5:06
‘S Wonderful” – 3:24
Nice Work If You Can Get It” – 3:40
Embraceable You” – 4:40

Joe Pass – guitar
John Pisano – guitar
Jim Hughart – double bass
Shelly Manne – drums


Released: 1981
Recorded: November 23, 1981
Label Pablo
Producer: Norman Granz