- Joe Pass: Six String Santa (Laserlight, 1992)
One of Joe Pass’ final recordings before his 1994 passing, Six String Santa is a quartet date featuring the legendary guitarist’s last band (rhythm guitarist John Pisano, bassist Jim Hughart, and bassist Colin Bailey). For Pass, who could get all the accompaniment he needed out of his own guitar, this qualifies as a fleshed-out ensemble, but he makes it sound both stripped-down and charming. Includes perhaps the warmest rendition of “O Christmas Tree” ever attempted in jazz, Guaraldi’s included—complete with a cascading masterpiece of a solo.
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