Jazz fans of all ages should check out the new documentary by Dailey Pike, A Not So Average Joe
, a "cinematic valentine" to Epiphone jazz legend Joe Pass and his brilliant album, For Django
, recorded for the Pacific Jazz label in 1964. The documentary features the surviving band members who helped Pass record the album 50 years ago.
was not only a landmark album for Mr. Pass, who was coming back from a decade lost to addiction. The album is now considered a landmark for both west coast jazz and improvisational guitar as well.
“Joe had practiced endlessly throughout his life,” said Frank Potenza, Pass's friend and student to Glendale News Press
, “but he didn’t spend a lot of time on music theory. He liked to play by the seat of his pants — working his way into a corner just to see how he could get out sometimes. He was reckless and fearless, and in the middle of that he could pull something out that came from his heart and soul. There are a lot of great guitarists but very few can do that.”
The documentary is making its way to both theaters and libraries around the U.S. so don't miss it. And read our feature on Joe Pass
and get a little closer to his tone with the Epiphone Joe Pass Emperor II
which was designed by Joe with killer Alnico Classic™humbuckers and a body and neck based on Joe's favorite axe.