Joe Pass – Portraits of Duke Ellington (Full Album)

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Portraits of Duke Ellington is an album by jazz guitarist Joe Pass, released in 1974 . It peaked at number 37 of the Jazz Albums chart. It is a tribute to jazz musician Duke Ellington and was recorded shortly after his death. Portraits was Pass’ first session as leader for Pablo.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
Recorded just a month after Duke Ellington’s death, this tribute album (reissued on CD) features guitarist Joe Pass (just beginning to become famous), bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Bobby Durham jamming on eight Ellington tunes and “Caravan” (which was penned by one of Duke’s key sidemen, Juan Tizol). The interplay between the three musicians is quite impressive, and Pass’ mastery of the guitar is obvious (he didn’t really need the other sidemen). Highlights include “In a Mellow Tone,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” and “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good).” Recommended (

Track listing:
All songs composed by Duke Ellington, lyricists indicated.

“Satin Doll” (Johnny Mercer, Billy Strayhorn) – 5:46
“I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” (Irving Mills, Henry Nemo, John Redmond) – 5:32
“Sophisticated Lady” (Mills, Mitchell Parish) – 3:40
“I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good)” (Paul Francis Webster) – 3:41
“In a Mellow Tone” (Milt Gabler) – 6:20
“Solitude” (Mills, Eddie DeLange) – 5:06
“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” (Bob Russell) – 6:31
“Do Nothing till You Hear from Me” (Russell) – 5:53
“Caravan” (Mills, Tizol) – 6:10

Joe Pass – guitar
Ray Brown – double bass
Bobby Durham – drums


Released: 1974
Recorded: June 21, 1974 in Los Angeles
Length: 48:39 (Reissue)
Label: Pablo
Producer: Norman Granz