Jim Hall – Live! {Verve}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

This fine club date features guitarist Jim Hall in Toronto with two of the top Canadian jazzmen, bassist Don Thompson and drummer Terry Clarke. The interplay between the three players is sometimes wondrous, and although the five selections are all familiar standards (such as “‘Round Midnight,” “Scrapple From the Apple” and “The Way You Look Tonight”), Hall makes the music sound fresh and full of subtleties. This enjoyable LP has yet to be reissued on CD.

Tracks:
01 – Angel Eyes
02 – ‘Round Midnight
03 – Scrapple from the Apple
04 – The Way You Look Tonight
05 – I Hear a Rhapsody

Personnel:
Jim Hall – guitar
Don Thompson – bass
Terry Clarke – drums

Recorded June 1975 at Bourbon Street, Toronto, Canada.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

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Jim Hall Trio featuring Tom Harrell – These Rooms {DENON}


Review by Ken Dryden (allmusic.com)

This 1988 studio date is one of the overlooked treasures in the considerable discography of Jim Hall, possibly due to the label’s low-key promotion and less than eye-catching cover art. It is easy why 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 fluegelhorn), bassist Steve LaSpina, and drummer Joey Baron, this CD is a delight from start to finish. The interaction of the musicians in the opener, a lively, waltzing “With a Song in My Heart,” makes it sound like they have been a working unit for years. The well-conceived arrangement of “Where or When,” which Hall dedicated to Basie guitarist Freddie Green (who died the year prior to the sessions), proves to be the most captivating track, with its understated yet consummately swinging air. Hall contributed the tense “Cross Court,” a smoking post-bop vehicle, a pulsing calypso written originally for his 1985 Montreux concert with Michel Petrucciani and Wayne Shorter, as well as the haunting ballad “These Rooms,” which opens with Harrell’s melancholy unaccompanied trumpet solo, and has an abstract solo by the leader. “Something Tells Me” is a lovely bittersweet ballad by Jane Hall (Jim’s wife, a talented composer whose work he has often recorded), featuring Hall and Harrell. Hall’s unaccompanied take of Duke Ellington’s “All Too Soon” makes one wonder why he has never recorded a entire CD of guitar solos. This out of print CD is destined to become a collectible.

Tracks:
01 – With a Song in My Heart
02 – Cross Court
03 – Something Tells Me
04 – Bimini
05 – All Too Soon
06 – These Rooms
07 – Darn That Dream
08 – My Funny Valentine
09 – Where or When
10 – From Now On

Personnel:
Jim Hall – guitar
Steve LaSpina – bass
Joey Baron – drums
Tom Harrell – flugelhorn, trumpet

Recorded at Sorcerer Sound, New York City; live to 2 track digital, on February 9-10, 1988.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork