TJBS proudly kicks off 2019 by presenting “Portraits of Duke Ellington” by Joe Pass presented by the guitarist for the Time Jumpers Andy Reiss. Sunday, January 13, 2019 in The Lounge at City Winery Nashville. Doors open at 5 pm and the show begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from City Winery’s website.
Recorded just a month after Duke Ellington’s death, this tribute album features guitarist Joe Pass (just beginning to become famous), bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Bobby Durham jamming out to eight original Ellington tunes and “Caravan,” which was penned by one of Duke’s key sidemen, Juan Tizol. The interactions between the three musicians have been hailed as quite impressive, and Pass’ mastery of the guitar is obvious. Some of the album’s highlights include “In a Mellow Tone,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” and “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good).”
Guitarist Andy Reiss left his hometown of San Francisco and moved to Nashville in 1981 after having played in a variety of less-than-stellar rock, show and casino bands. One of his first contacts in Nashville was the legendary producer and steel guitarist Pete Drake, who introduced and oriented Reiss to the inner workings of the local studio scene. Reiss’ first Nashville session was an album for the actor Slim Pickens, a session that also involved such A-Team pickers as Drake, Charlie McCoy, Bob Moore, Pete Wade, Pig Robbins and the Jordanaires. “Talk about an education!” Reiss exclaims regarding that breakthrough experience. He has been a studio mainstay ever since and has played on hundreds of hit records, including two that went on to win Grammy awards: B. J. Thomas’ “Amazing Grace” and the Reba McEntire-Linda Davis No. 1 duet, “Does He Love You.” Reiss has recorded with many jazz greats as well, including Pete Christlieb, Beegee Adair, Benny Golson and as a member of the Lori Mechem Quartet.