Today, I’d like to write about the next gem in my Joe Pass record collection. We are talking about ‘Eximious’ by The Joe Pass Trio. Well, the latter term can mean a lot of things, but for this specific record, the three am combo is comprises of Niels Henning Orstedt Pedersen, Martin Drew and the one and only, Joe Pass.
Let’s first see what the producer-in-chief and Pablo Records powerhouse Norman Granz has to say about this recording in his Producer’s Notes:
“I recall the famous Segovia series, seemingly endless albums from what is, compared to other instruments, all limited repertoire for classical guitar, but, of course, one bought Segovia and not so much for what the plate but how he played, and this, not surprisingly, describes great jazz; how did they do it, not what. The things Pass plays in this album are musically, and from the point of view of jazz, incredible.
Listen to “Lush Life”; it’s like a Fabergé miniature: pristine perfection, and, I’m sure, exactly what Billy Strayhorn would have loved had he heard it. I recall when Oscar Peterson did a television series for the BBC in England and had as a guest on the same program with Joe Pass the great English classical guitarist, John Williams. The comparison of artistry and classical techniques of Williams with the marvelous playing and technique of Joe Pass demonstrated how closely allied these two musical forms are.
Normally Pass plays solo albums, but in this instance he is complemented by the great Danish bassist, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and arguable the best jazz drummer in England today, Marin Drew.”
Well, not sure what else I can add here. Oh wait, I always have something to say, right? Yes, indeed:
This is another must-have record for anyone who admires the always playful, swingy, yet clockwork-precision like trialogue between Pass, Drew and NHOP. My particular exemplar of ‘Eximious’ is of good quality, but it could be better, so I am on the lookout for a better copy as soon as the budget allows for.
The Joe Pass Trio – Eximious
Label: Pablo Records – 2310-877
Format: Vinyl, LP
A1 A Foxy Chick And A Cool Cat
Written-By – Joe Pass, 5:29
A2 Robbins Nest
Written-By – Illinois Jacquet, Charles Thompson*, 3:55
A3 Lush Life
Written-By – Billy Strayhorn, 2:55
Written-By – Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish, 3:53
A5 Love For Sale
Written-By – Cole Porter, 7:27
B1 Night And Day
Written-By – Cole Porter , 5:53
B2 We’ll Be Together Again
Written-By – Carl Fischer (2), Frankie Laine, 5:44
B3 You Are To Me Everything
Written-By – Cole Porter, 4:54
B4 Everything I Got Belongs To You
Written-By – Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers*, 2:56
B5 Speak Low
Written-By – Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash, 4:55