Joe Pass & Jimmy Rowles – Checkmate {Pablo}


Joe Pass & Jimmy Rowles – Checkmate {Pablo}

Bop, Piano/Guitar Duo

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

For this LP, guitarist Joe Pass (who recorded many dates for Pablo during the era) had an opportunity to play a quiet set of duets with pianist Jimmy Rowles. The two musicians had not played together since the 1960s, so their collaborations during the one day of recording were quite spontaneous and fresh. Rowles sets the quiet mood, and Pass keeps his amplifier quite low and was content to play on the pianist’s turf.

The emphasis is on slower tempos and harmonically sophisticated chords. Together they explore such songs as “What’s Your Story Morning Glory,” “As Long as I Live,” “Stardust” and “T’is Autumn.” Superior background music that rewards close listening.

01. What’s Your Story, Morning Glory (4:12)
02. So Rare (4:29)
03. As Long as I Live (4:40)
04. Marquita (4:00)
05. Stardust (5:24)
06. We’ll Be Together Again (5:09)
07. Can’t We Be Friends (4:19)
08. ‘Deed I Do (4:00)
09. T’is Autumn (4:54)
10. God Bless the Child (3:18)

Joe Pass – guitar
Jimmy Rowles – piano

Produced by Norman Granz
Photos by Phil Stern
Liner notes by Nat Hentoff
Layout & Design: Norman Granz & Sheldon Marks
Studio: Spectrum Studio, Venice, California; January 12, 1981
Engineer: Arne Frager

1981, Pablo Records, Inc.

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