One of the records that was truly formative for me in my college years was a fantastic duo album between JJ Johnson and Joe Pass titled “We’ll Be Together Again.” I had it as a CD reissue, which was stolen from my car while I was a student at Eastman, up in Rochester, and it’s not easy to find anymore! If you haven’t heard the album you can find it here.
It’s an amazingly intimate session that really shows the virtuosity of both of these musicians. One of the first solos I transcribed off this record was on this Kenny Dorham tune “Blue Bossa.” On the recording from “We’ll Be Together Again” JJ plays with a harmon mute, so I decided to pay homage to JJ here with this arrangement adapted from his!
Big thanks to my good friend and amazing musician Alex Wintz for getting together to play a few tunes with me for all of you! Check out that intro he copped straight from Mr. Pass! This was a fun session, indeed!
Hope you enjoy, see you next week!