Jim HALL & Ron CARTER Duo – Alone Together 1972

Jim HALL & Ron CARTER Duo – Alone Together 1972
Recorded live at the Playboy Club, New York, New York on August 4, 1972
1991 Issue.


ALONE TOGETHER is one of the great duet albums in instrumental jazz. Guitarist Jim Hall and bassist Ron Carter are renowned as both studio musicians and members of stellar outfits (Hall played with Jimmy Giuffre and Art Farmer; Carter with Miles Davis’s second great quintet). In the intimate, chamber-jazz atmosphere of these live dates, however, the true sensitivity and flexibility of both artists can be heard. Carter and Hall are sophisticated, harmonically advanced players. They value balance and space as much as technical showmanship, and both play with a cool tone and rhythmically intricate flair that scintillates as it soothes and seduces.

The majority of the program consists of standards (“Autumn Leaves” and “Prelude to a Kiss),” along with other covers (Sonny Rollins’s “St. Thomas”). Hall contributes an original, the smoky “Whose Blues,” as does Carter, with the sly bop flourishes on “Receipt, Please.” Throughout, the music is playful, highly lyrical, energetic, and beautiful, while representing an almost uncanny telepathy between the two performers. Aside from faint crowd noise from the club audience, this album is perfection.
This is the first of the duo albums of Jim Hall and Ron Carter, and it captures the discovery and delight the two found in their early collaboration. Together, these giants of their instruments comprise a dream string section. Anticipating one another, often seeming to think with one mind, they produce chamber music of the highest order. Exploring the possibilities in six standard songs (Sonny Rollins’s “St. Thomas” had long since become a standard) and two originals, Carter and Hall employ a great sense of fun in the serious business of music making. Among the highlights: a romp through “St. Thomas,” their moving treatment of Duke Ellington’s “Prelude to a Kiss,” and Hall’s earthy “Whose Blues.”
Giants of modern jazz, Jim Hall and Ron Carter’s duo. This CD gives you an idea of how to play the guitar for rythm section and how to play the bass for lead section. Sounds of the two string instruments melt together and create a soft and beautiful harmony. Excellent
Jim Hall– Guitar
Ron Carter– Bass
01. St. Thomas (Sonny Rollins)  4:44
02. Alone Together(Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz)  5:51
03. Receipt, Please” (Ron Carter)  4:59
04. I’ll Remember April (Gene de Paul, Patricia Johnston, Don Raye)  6:50
05. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II)  2:52
06. Whose Blues? (Jim Hall)  5:54
07. Prelude to a Kiss (Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon, Irving Mills)  5:50
08. Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prévert)  6:54

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