JIM HALL

Post Bop / Hard Bop / Post-Fusion Contemporary / Cool Jazz / Third Stream / Pop/Art Song/Folk / Fusion • United States
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Jim Hall, the jazz guitarist, who has died aged 83, had a restrained, elegant style, rich in subtlety and nuance and expressed through the amplifier in a sound both mellow and carefully modulated. With his bald head, horn-rimmed spectacles and studious manner he presented a somewhat professorial figure on stage. During his long career Hall played with most of the leading jazz figures of his time, notably Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins. His recorded duets with Evans are gems of finesse and mutually-inspired invention; Rollins’s boldness he underpinned with constantly shifting rhythms and textures. Over more than half a century of recording, in whatever line up, he succeeded in maintaining an unwaveringly high standard.

James Stanley Hall was born in Buffalo, New York, on December 4 1930. He described his family as “hillbilly WASPs from around Ohio and the Great Lakes”. A publicist once claimed that he came from a musical family,
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JIM HALL Discography

JIM HALL albums / top albums

JIM HALL Jazz Guitar album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Jazz Guitar
Cool Jazz 1957
JIM HALL The Modest Jazz Trio : Good Friday Blues album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Modest Jazz Trio : Good Friday Blues
Cool Jazz 1960
JIM HALL Jim Hall (aka The Winner!) album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Jim Hall (aka The Winner!)
Cool Jazz 1963
JIM HALL In Berlin : It’s Nice to be with You album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
In Berlin : It’s Nice to be with You
Post Bop 1969
JIM HALL ... Where Would I Be? album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
... Where Would I Be?
Post Bop 1972
JIM HALL Concierto album cover 4.07 | 6 ratings
Concierto
Post Bop 1975
JIM HALL Commitment album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Commitment
Post Bop 1976
JIM HALL Jazz Impressions Of Japan album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Jazz Impressions Of Japan
Post Bop 1977
JIM HALL The Jim Hall Trio : Circles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jim Hall Trio : Circles
Post Bop 1981
JIM HALL Concerto de Aranjuez (& David Matthew's Orchestra) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Concerto de Aranjuez (& David Matthew's Orchestra)
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1981
JIM HALL Jim Hall's Three album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jim Hall's Three
Post Bop 1986
JIM HALL These Rooms album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
These Rooms
Post Bop 1988
JIM HALL All Across the City album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All Across the City
Post Bop 1989
JIM HALL Subsequently album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Subsequently
Post Bop 1992
JIM HALL Youkali album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Youkali
Fusion 1992
JIM HALL Something Special album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Something Special
Post Bop 1993
JIM HALL Dedications & Inspirations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dedications & Inspirations
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1994
JIM HALL Dialogues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dialogues
Post Bop 1995
JIM HALL Textures album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Textures
Third Stream 1997
JIM HALL By Arrangement album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Arrangement
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1998
JIM HALL Jim Hall & Pat Metheny album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Jim Hall & Pat Metheny
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1999
JIM HALL Jim Hall & Basses album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jim Hall & Basses
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2001
JIM HALL The Unreleased Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Unreleased Sessions
Cool Jazz 2004
JIM HALL Duologues (with Enrico Pieranunzi) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Duologues (with Enrico Pieranunzi)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2005
JIM HALL Hemispheres (with Bill Frisell) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hemispheres (with Bill Frisell)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2008
JIM HALL Conversations (with Joey Baron) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Conversations (with Joey Baron)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2010

JIM HALL EPs & splits

JIM HALL Guitar Genius in Japan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Guitar Genius in Japan
Hard Bop 1971

JIM HALL live albums

JIM HALL Jim Hall / Ron Carter Duo ‎: Alone Together album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jim Hall / Ron Carter Duo ‎: Alone Together
Hard Bop 1973
JIM HALL Live! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live!
Hard Bop 1976
JIM HALL Live In Tokyo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Tokyo
Hard Bop 1976
JIM HALL Jim Hall & Red Mitchell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jim Hall & Red Mitchell
Hard Bop 1978
JIM HALL Live at Town Hall, Volume One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Town Hall, Volume One
Hard Bop 1991
JIM HALL Live At Town Hall, Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Town Hall, Vol. 2
Hard Bop 1991
JIM HALL Unissued 1982-1992 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unissued 1982-1992
Post Bop 1994
JIM HALL Panorama: Live at the Village Vanguard album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Panorama: Live at the Village Vanguard
Post Bop 1997
JIM HALL Jazzpar Quartet + 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazzpar Quartet + 4
Post Bop 1998
JIM HALL Live At The North Sea Jazz Festival, 1979 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The North Sea Jazz Festival, 1979
Hard Bop 1999
JIM HALL Grand Slam album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grand Slam
Post Bop 2000
JIM HALL Magic Meeting album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Magic Meeting
Hard Bop 2004
JIM HALL Free Association album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Free Association
Post Bop 2006
JIM HALL Live! Vol. 2-4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live! Vol. 2-4
Hard Bop 2012
JIM HALL Live At Birdland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Birdland
Hard Bop 2012
JIM HALL Jim Hall & Red Mitchell ‎: Valse Hot - Sweet Basil - 1978 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jim Hall & Red Mitchell ‎: Valse Hot - Sweet Basil - 1978
Post Bop 2016

JIM HALL demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

JIM HALL re-issues & compilations

JIM HALL Live At Town Hall, Vols. 1 & 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Town Hall, Vols. 1 & 2
Hard Bop 1991
JIM HALL The Concord Jazz Heritage Series (1981-1989) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Concord Jazz Heritage Series (1981-1989)
Hard Bop 1998
JIM HALL Ballad Essentials album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ballad Essentials
Cool Jazz 2000
JIM HALL Downbeat Critics' Choice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Downbeat Critics' Choice
Post Bop 2002
JIM HALL Something Extraordinary album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Something Extraordinary
Cool Jazz 2015
JIM HALL The Complete 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Complete "Jazz Guitar"
Cool Jazz 2017

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JIM HALL Concierto

Album · 1975 · Post Bop
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Jim is loose but precise across a set that includes an impressive reading of classical composer Rodrigo's famous 'Conceirto de Aranjuez.'

It's also graced by the likes of Ron Carter, Paul Desmond and Chet Baker (early on during his 1970s comeback) - which isn't to detract from Hanna (piano) or Gadd on the drums. It's simply that when Hall isn't stealing the show, it's usually Desmond or Baker, who all play it quite subtle and, basically, cool.

The opening side is made up of the shorter pieces, which have more bounce to them than the side long Rodrigo cover. 'You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To' has classic walking bass lines from Carter and Gadd working the ride while Desmond and Baker trade solos with Hall and Hanna (and a brief one from Carter later on). It's followed by 'Two's Blues' which covers similar ground before the slower 'The Answer is Yes' which is not quite as memorable but still pleasant enough.

As a CTI release, 'Concierto' features a Don Sebesky arrangement, and while for me it's hard to live up to Davis and Evans' version from the previous decade, this is impressive. Still attentive to the mood of the original, it's also willing to take a bit of a leap with the rhythm section, as when the bass and drums make their entrance at around four minutes in, it transforms the piece. Hall and the rest of the band are given ample time to solo. It's a piece you can get a lot of mileage out of, and Jim in particular is never too busy, placing the notes with the precision of a jigsaw. Everything fits.

The reissue nearly doubles the length of the album, including three alternate takes and two outtakes - like the swing-ish 'Rock Skippin' or the snippet of 'Unfinished Business' which features acoustic guitar.

Fans of jazz guitar should enjoy this and anyone interested in the 'cool' genre in general, just don't expect anything as meditative as 'Kind of Blue' as there is a little bit of punch to this album. Four stars.

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