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These Rooms
Jim Trio Hall
These Rooms
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
This 1988 studio date is one of the overlooked treasures in the considerable discography of Jazz guitarist Jim Hall. It is easy to understand why artists like Art Farmer and Paul Desmond omitted a pianist after hearing a r...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jim Trio Hall
Title: These Rooms
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ais
Release Date: 6/3/2008
Album Type: Import
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Cool Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 081757229722

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This 1988 studio date is one of the overlooked treasures in the considerable discography of Jazz guitarist Jim Hall. It is easy to understand why artists like Art Farmer and Paul Desmond omitted a pianist after hearing a release such as this one, because it would only clutter Hall's soft yet complete accompaniment. Joined by Tom Harrell (heard mostly on flugelhorn), bassist Steve LaSpina, and drummer Joey Baron, this CD is a delight from start to finish. The interaction of the musicians makes it sound like they have been a working unit for years. 10 tracks. Denon. 2008.

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CD Reviews

Jim Hall Trio w/Tom Harrell
Tom Hynes | Whittier,CA | 11/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Thankfully, this superb recording appears to be available again, after several years of being scarce. Any fans of Hall or Harrell, or of intimate, conversational modern jazz, will enjoy this immensely. Recorded in a very spontaneous manner, capturing subtle sounds such as the acoustic/electric blend of Hall's guitar tone and Harrell's sometimes breathy attack--and Joey Baron dropping his drumsticks all over his set as a comical ending on one tune. Delightful in every way."
An Overlooked Hall Classic!
J. Rich | 08/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Let first of all say that this album is NOT live, so Amazon please correct your error.

"These Rooms" was released in 1988 and has become a very sought after recording. I have been looking for this album for years. I finally got it at a decent price (paid $15) and what a bargain compared to the other prices I've found it for online!

Jim Hall is joined by trumpeter Tom Harrell on trumpet, Steve La Spina on bass, and Joey Baron on drums. What a remarkable lineup it is! It has turned out to be one my favorite Hall recordings right next to "All Across THe City" and "Concierto." All of the playing is as expected very melodic and the interplay is fantastic.

The music itself falls somewhere between the bebop tradition and post-bop. It's kind of hard to describe, but it's great, great music.

If you see this album for a decent price don't hesitate to pick it up, because it doesn't look like this one will come back in print anytime soon. If you can find "Circles" on Concord Records I recommend that one as well. Happy hunting!"
My Favorite Jim Hall Recording
C. Denny | 04/21/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I had no idea that this cd even existed when it caught my eye while browsing on Amazon. I consider myself a major Jim Hall appreciator and would have to say that on balance, he is probably my favorite jazz guitarist. No one I know of plays as beautifully. Having said that, while he has made some great records, I don't feel that any are quite up to the level of the very best guitar classics such as "Midnight Blue", "Idle Moments", "Smokin at the Half Note", "Four House", "A", etc....until now! Everything he does on this album is interesting, inventive and charming. This album seems almost like a fusion of "Live at Village West" and "Dialogues". No gimmicks, no electronic keyboards just wonderful musical conversations going on. As a result, a marvelous ambience is created, subtle but absorbing. Love the album cover too!"