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Jim HALL & Ron CARTER Duo – Alone Together 1972

Posted in JAZZ, Jim HALL, Ron CARTER on December 11, 2010 by whoisthemonk

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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Jim HALL & Bob BROOKMEYER – Live At the North Sea Jazz Festival 1979

Posted in Bob BROOKMEYER, JAZZ, Jim HALL on December 3, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Jim HALL & Bob BROOKMEYER – Live At the North Sea Jazz Festival 1979
1999 Issue.


Jazz dialogues don’t come much quieter than this veterans’ meeting of former Jimmy Giuffre Trio guitarist Jim Hall (an early model for Bill Frisell and John Abercrombie, among others) and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, caught at The Hague in 1979. It is a compelling set of duo-only variations on classic low-lights standards, including My Funny Valentine, Body and Soul and In a Sentimental Mood, ending with a vivacious version of Sonny Rollins’s St Thomas calypso. I Hear a Rhapsody is playful and entwined, Hall’s suspended-time intro to My Funny Valentine ushers in a luxuriously swinging trombone solo, Body and Soul starts as a soft feint-and-weave that builds to a murmured groove, and In a Sentimental Mood displays all of Brookmeyer’s melodic grace and use of the full register. Hall plays a superb, harmonically blazing chordal break on the Latin Sweet Basil, and St Thomas has more bounce than you might expect from a drumless lineup. There’s quite a lot of audience noise, but the impact of two such magic-touch players triumphs.
By John Fordham.
The lucid and luminous guitarist Jim Hall is no stranger to the duet setting: over his career, he’s waxed duo albums with piano (Bill Evans in the 1960s), bass (Ron Carter in the 1970s), and second guitar (most notably on 1999’s record with Pat Metheny. Hall’s also no stranger to valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, a co-collaborator in Jimmy Giuffre’s late-1950s trio. On this 1979 date, the pair seems liberated by the absence of a rhythm section–twisting and turning the songs at a moment’s notice–yet shows great discipline in being able to maintain cohesiveness. On “I Hear a Rhapsody,” the two weave stunning improvisations around each other, while on “In a Sentimental Mood,” Hall leaves Brookmeyer sufficient room for his rippling runs. They challenge themselves with Sonny Rollins’s “St. Thomas,” a tune that relies heavily on its rhythmic impulse, and they succeed thanks to Hall’s miraculous chord work, which deconstructs and rebuilds the song piece by piece.
By Marc Greilsamer.
Released for the first time on this 1999 Challenge CD, this live set features the unusual duo of guitarist Jim Hall and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, two-thirds of the 1957 Jimmy Giuffre Three. Although there are occasions when one of the musicians accompanies the other one, much of the time Hall and Brookmeyer function as equals, improvising together on a set of standards plus an ad-lib blues called “Sweet Basil.” Their ability to improvise while thinking of the whole picture and their knack for spontaneously harmonizing really come in handy during this intriguing and frequently exciting outing. Among the selections reborn in the playing of Hall and Brookmeyer are John Lewis’ “Skating in Central Park,” “Body and Soul,” “Darn That Dream,” and “St. Thomas.” A successful effort that should not have taken 20 years to release.
Jim Hall- Guitar
Bob Brookmeyer- Trombone
01. Skating in Central Park 9:58
02. I Hear a Rhapsody 8:20
03. My Funny Valentine 8:23
04. Body and Soul 10:35
05. In a Sentimental Mood 9:44
06. Sweet Basil 7:36
07. Darn That Dream 8:36
08. St. Thomas 7:18

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