Sunday, July 3, 2016

Jim Hall in Berlin - It’s Nice to be with You

Jim Hall recorded this trio session with expatriate bassist Jimmy Woode and one of Europe’s top drummers, Daniel Humair, during a 1969 visit to Berlin. At first “Up, Up and Away,” a Jimmy Webb composition that turned into a huge hit for the pop group the Fifth Dimension, might seem like an unlikely jazz vehicle, but it soars to new heights with the trio’s inventive approach. Familiar standards include a snappy “My Funny Valentine” and an intensely lyrical “Body and Soul.’ Producer Joachim Berendt’s suggestion to Hall that he duet with himself via overdubbing resulted in “Young One, For Debra,” a warm ballad tribute to Hall’s daughter, and a breath taking rendition of “In a Sentimental Mood.” He also revisits his “Romaine,” utilizing a bossa nova setting (recorded previously with pianist Bill Evans on their classic duo date Undercurrent) and explores his wife’s upbeat composition “It’s Nice to Be with You” (a work that should have lyrics if it doesn’t already). Only briefly available as a CD reissue of the earlier LP, this collectible release is well worth acquiring.
Ken Dryden 

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/its-nice-to-be-with-you-jim-hall-in-berlin-mw0000690890

 
Jim Hall
In Berlin
It’s Nice to be with You
(UCCM-9011)

Tracks 

1 Up, Up and Away (Webb)  5:01
2 My Funny Valentine (Rodgers, Hart)  3:31
3 Young One (For Debra) (Hall)  4:29
4 Blue Joe (Hall)  4:49
5 It’s Nice to Be With You (Herbert)  4:46
6 In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington)  5:53
7 Body and Soul (Green)  6:24
8 Romaine (Hall)  2:57

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Personnel
Jim Hall - g
Jimmy Woode - b
Daniel Humair - dr

Recorded at Teldec Studio, Berlin ; June 27 & 28, 1969
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L'Avis du patron
Dans le firmament des guitaristes de jazz, l'étoile Jim Hall brille très haut. Ce musicien exceptionnel est celui qui a créé un nouvel idiome, une grammaire inédite, et, pour ainsi dire, la langue moderne de la guitare de jazz. Ce disque, enregistré à Berlin en 1969, représente, dans son abondante discographie, l'un des jalons incontestables. Disons même, que c'est un des disques que tout amateur de la six cordes se doit de posséder, un des quatre ou cinq essentiels d'entre les Essentiels. Jim a joué dans toutes les configurations possibles : solo, duo, trio, en grand orchestre, accompagné d'un quatuor à cordes, mais c'est en petit comité, qu'il donne toute sa mesure et particulièrement dans ce disque charnière, que l'on peut considérer comme son entrée dans l'Age d'Homme. Il s'accompagne lui-même lors d'une version mémorable et toute en retenue, de ''In A Sentimental Mood'', dont il donne une interprétation définitive, pleine d'émotion. Mais un autre classique (''Body and Soul'') introduit par un somptueux ''guitar solo'', confère à ce disque sa véritable dimension, celle d'un classique intemporel. Cet art savant et complexe du contrepoint, cette guitare toujours à l'écoute, comme fondue dans l'épaisseur, le tuf, l'humus de l'Harmonie, n'appartient qu'à lui. De ce point de vue, Jimmy Woode et Daniel Humair, ne sauraient être, ici, réduits au rôle de simples accompagnateurs. Et c'est ce qui fait une des autres grandeurs de ce disque : un échange d'égal à égal entre musiciens.

15 comments:

the doc said...

one JH I didn't have. Thanks!!

header said...

Again, a Jim hall I don't have. Thank you very much for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this! I haven't heard this in years--beautiful! Woode's such a fabulous bassist--from Ellington, Waldron, Pony, Booker Ervin to Jim Hall--always so musical. Humair's a wizard, too.

Daver88 said...

Thanks Mel - Great album by Jim Hall.

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AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

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glinka21 said...

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danair said...

Don't know how this Hall album passed me by,thanks very much Mel.

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5 cents said...

Thank you Mel. Very nice!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

thank you for this recording coming straight from my hometown.

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