Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Jim Hall & Basses
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Jim Hall has a talent for reducing music to its essence: the barest glimpse of melody, the subtlest inflection, the most imaginative harmonic choice. His economy and empathy have led to some brilliant duo performances duri... more »
Amazon.com's Best of 2001
Jim Hall has a talent for reducing music to its essence: the barest glimpse of melody, the subtlest inflection, the most imaginative harmonic choice. His economy and empathy have led to some brilliant duo performances during his career, including sets with Bill Evans and Ron Carter, and those qualities distinguish his encounters here with some outstanding bassists. The materials range from standards and fresh Hall compositions to free improvisation, and the results match low-level volume with intense creative activity, as Hall seems to find the essential character of each of his partners. Hall and Dave Holland have worked frequently as a duo, and they're particularly imaginative together, Hall turning to a 12-string guitar to accompany Holland's lead on "End the Beguine." The two also maintain constant undercurrents of supportive play in a driving, soulful tribute to the great Sam Jones. Charlie Haden's sparse, low-register lyricism on "Don't Explain" complements Hall's own, while Christian McBride generates strong propulsion and an emphasis on fundamentals on two Hall compositions written with him in mind, the blues "Bent Blue" and the waltz "Dog Walk." Hall also matches up with George Mraz and his regular bassist Scott Colley, both for duets and a series of adventurous trios with guitar and two basses, from the complex atonal dialogue of "Abstract 3" to the profound longing of Mraz's keening bow work on "Tango Loco." --Stuart Broomer
Quiet genius, complete with quirks
p dizzle | augusta, georgia, USA | 12/22/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"jim hall has done some outstanding duet albums over the years--"undercurrent" with bill evans and his recent album with pat metheny stand out--and this one certainly continues the success of those efforts. jim hall can be a contemplative, understated guitarist, and here partnered with a series of today's legends of the upright, he sets a quiet, but intense mood. there are actually two streams of thought presented--the odd numbered tracks are avant garde explorations, much like the work of the jimmy guiffre 3 or paul bley; while the even numbered tracks are straight-ahead workouts, full of blues and swing. that they alternate keeps the listener tuned in, wondering it is coming next, but it can be distracting--hence three stars instead of five. the playing is top notch throughout, and mr. hall uses both electric and acoustic guitar to good effect. this is strictly a matter of opinion, but i found it easier to listen to the cd by programming the even tracks or odd tracks separately depending on my mood--avant or straight ahead. still, a good album."
One of my personal Jim Hall favourites
P. W. M. Brouns | Netherlands | 07/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There is really not too much to say: this is just an EXCELLENT cd. It consists of Jim Hall playing together with one bass player, alternating on each track. The sheer joy of two musicians playing together makes this cd sparkle from beginning to end. The music at times swings, at other times consists of more experimental improvisations, but usually a wonderful mixture of those two. The bass players are some of the best around: Scott Colley, Dave Holland, Charlie Haden, George Mraz and Christian McBride. Just go ahead and listen to it... Personally I cannot get enough of it!"