Pass wasn’t as revered as his contemporaries, and it totally baffles me as to why. The man served as his own rhythm section while playing some of the most memorable lead jazz and blues licks ever. Joe could take any song, his own or a standard, and turn it upside down and give it his own definitive stamp. On these live remastered tracks that is exactly what he did. Pass’s style was silky smooth and defined. He played with the exactness of Segovia, yet he wasn’t recognized as the master jazz guitarists that he truly was. It seems now, years after his death, he is being looked upon in a different light. It is sad that it happens that way, and all too frequently. I suppose getting the recognition you really deserve serves its ultimate purpose in preserving an artists’ work through lovingly repackaged releases as this. Pablo Records does a superb job with the sound remastering of the tracks. They package it all in a very aesthetically pleasing and informative way. As more of the man’s music is uncovered and released, the furthering of his legend and the enormity of his presence as one of the most important jazz guitarists of our time is revealed.