Sounds of Synanon

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Sounds of Synanon
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1, 1962 (1962-07-01)
StudioPacific Jazz Studios, Hollywood
LabelPacific Jazz
ProducerRichard Bock
Joe Pass chronology
Sounds of Synanon
Catch Me!
Professional ratings
Review scores
DownBeat4.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

Sounds of Synanon is the debut album by jazz guitarist Joe Pass. The album was recorded with patients at the Synanon Drug Center where Pass was being treated for addiction to heroin.[2]


Jazz critic Leonard Feather reviewed the album for the July 5, 1962 issue of DownBeat magazine and said,[3] "This album does more than merely present a group of good musicians, it unveils a star. In Joe Pass, Synanon and Pacific Jazz have discovered a major jazz talent..."[1]

Track listing[edit]

1."C.E.D." (Joe Pass, Arnold Ross)3:14
2."Aaron's Song" (Dave Allen)4:30
3."Stay Loose" (Ross)4:22
4."Projections" (Greg Dykes)5:10
5."Hang Tough" (Pass)6:30
6."Self-Image" (Allen)9:06
7."Last Call for Coffee" (Ross)4:43


  • Joe Pass – guitar
  • Dave Allen – trumpet
  • Greg Dykes – baritone horn
  • Arnold Ross – piano
  • Ronald Clark – bass
  • Bill Crawford – drums[2]


  1. ^ a b "Sounds of Synanon". DownBeat. Elmhurst, Illinois. 5 July 1962.
  2. ^ a b c Taylor, Robert. "Sounds of Synanon". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  3. ^ Reney, Tom (13 January 2016). "Joe Pass". Retrieved 21 January 2018.