Among Friends

Among Friends

by John PisanoJohn Pisano


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Though John Pisano made some albums as a co-leader with Billy Bean in the late '50s, Willie Ruff in 1970, and Joe Pass in 1991, until this release the overly modest guitarist had never appeared as a leader on a record date. One could almost say that he still hasn't, for this album contains a series of duets with six other guitarists. Be that as it may, Pisano at last gets a chance to display his melodically tasty, often hard-swinging post-bop-oriented licks on electric and acoustic guitars, easily the equal or better of any of his guests. The 1991 tracks are intricate duets with his late sparring partner, Pass; everything else was assembled from sessions held throughout the summer and fall of 1994. There are several fine Pisano originals -- "Berry Drive," "D'Joe" (where Pisano's guitar burns especially brightly), "Blue Note Samba," and "Blues for E.S.M." -- which remind listeners of this unsung composer's large contribution to the success of the Tijuana Brass during his tenure there. Pisano's fellow guitarists here are Pass, Dori Caymmi, Lee Ritenour, Ron Affif, Ted Greene, and Phil Upchurch -- and on "Maos de Afeto" Pisano plays all the guitars himself, with Caymmi on wordless vocals.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/1995
Label: Imports
UPC: 0025218095624
catalogNumber: 8095624
Rank: 190224

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Pisano   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dori Caymmi   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Joe Pass   Electric Guitar
Phil Upchurch   Electric Guitar
Ron Affif   Electric Guitar
Colin Bailey   Drums
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Ted Greene   Electric Guitar
Jim Hughart   Bass
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Jose Marino   Bass
Jeanne Pisano   Vocals
Lee Ritenour   Electric Guitar
Andy Simpkins   Bass
Claudio Slon   Drums

Technical Credits

Angel Balestier   Engineer
Dan Thompson   Engineer
Angel Balastier   Engineer
Dann Thompson   Engineer
Eric Miller   Producer
Eddie Del Barrio   Composer

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