1971 Joe Pass – Better Days

Better Days is an album by guitarist Joe Pass, released in 1971.

Joe Pass (born Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua; January 13, 1929 – May 23, 1994) was an American jazz guitarist of Sicilian descent. He is considered one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century.  He created possibilities for jazz guitar through his style of chord-melody, his knowledge of chord inversions and progressions, and his use of walking basslines and counterpoint during improvisation. Pass worked often with pianist Oscar Peterson and vocalist Ella Fitzgerald.


1  Better Days (JJ Johnson) 3:00
2  Free Sample (Joe Sample) 3:20
3  After School (Jimmy Rowles) 3:10
4  Balloons (Ralph Pena) 2:59
5  Burning Spear (Richard Evans) 2:19
6  Head Start (Tom Scott) 2:54
7  It\’s Too Late (Carole King; Toni Stern) 2:57
8  Gotcha! (Steve Huffsteter) 2:18
9  Alison (Joe Pass) 2:12
10  We\’ll Be Together Again (Carl Fischer; Frankie Laine) 2:33



BassRay Brown
Double BassRay Brown
DrumsEarl Palmer
GuitarJoe Pass
PianoJoe Sample
FlugelhornConte Candoli
FluteTom Scott
SaxTom Scott
TromboneJJ Johnson
TrumpetConte Candoli
CongasMilt Holland

Other Musicians

1 Better Days

BassCarol Kaye
DrumsPaul Humphrey

2 Free Sample

DrumsPaul Humphrey

5 Burning Spear

BassCarol Kaye
DrumsPaul Humphrey

6 Head Start

DrumsPaul Humphrey

7 It\’s Too Late

BassCarol Kaye

8 Gotcha!

BassCarol Kaye

Liner Notes

Producer – Carol Kaye, Frankie Laine, Ray Barr
Arranged By – J.J. Johnson (Tracks 1, 2, 5)
Arranged By – Tom Scott (Tracks 3, 6)
Arranged By – Steve Huffsteter (Tracks 8, 9)
Engineer (Re-Mix) – Phil Yeend
Engineer (Recording) – Rik Pekkonen

Artwork – Art Manister

Distributed By – Gwyn Publishing Co.
Copyright (c) – Gwyn Records
Recorded At – Poppi Studios
Remixed At – Conway Studios