Early in his career he had a problem with drugs and spent over two years at at Synanon. He spent most of that time improving his guitar playing.
He was great at single-line soloing but he was also great comping or playing chord melodies. I particular like the many albums he did with Ella Fitzgerald – one of my all time favorite vocalists. He recorded six albums with Ella.
Joe Pass died of liver cancer in 1994.
Don’t Do Nothin’ ‘Till You Hear from Me
Accompanying Ella Fitzgerald on Stormy Weather
Accompanying Ella Fitzgerald on Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You