Saturday, January 16, 2016

Jim Hall Trio - Jazz Guitar

Jim Hall's debut as a leader has a somewhat tortured history. The original LP had ten tracks, though producer Richard Bock edited six of them for a later pressing and also inexplicably overdubbed Larry Bunker's drums (he wasn't originally present) on a third pressing. Over time the complete versions of the six edited tunes were lost or discarded, and the master of "This Is New" suffered the same fate. By the time of this 1988 reissue, none of the missing material could be located, although "Too Close for Comfort" and a longer alternate take of "Things Ain't What They Used to Be," both of which had been issued on separate Pacific Jazz anthologies but not on the original LP or subsequent reissues, were added to the CD, which has long since lapsed from print as well. The music deserved a better fate. Jim Hall grew into one of the most respected guitarists in jazz, and his original concept was damaged by Bock's senseless tinkering, since it was the solos of bassist Red Mitchell and pianist Carl Perkins (whose discography is already limited enough due to his premature death) that shortened or removed by the original producer. Nevertheless, what remains is still a valuable introduction to the long, successful career of Jim Hall. The music sticks to familiar standards from the swing era and is often low key, much like the man himself. A waltzing "Thanks for the Memory" is a fine example of Hall's lyricism, while other unedited songs, like the lively "9:20 Special," gives us a glimpse of what the overall album sound might have been like. [NB. This japanese reissue from 2006 reproduces the original LP (PJ 1227)]
Ken Dryden 

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Jim Hall
Jazz Guitar


1 Stompin' at the Savoy (Goodman, Razaf, Sampson, Webb)  4:38
2 Things Ain't What They Used to Be (Ellington, Persons)  5:46
3 This is Always (Warren, Gordon)  2:48
4 Thanks for the Memory (Rainger, Robin)  5:16
5 Tangerine (Mercer, Schertzinger)  4:29
6 Stella by Starlight (Washington, Young)  3:57
7 9:20 Special (Engvick, Warren)  5:42
8 Deep in a Dream (DeLange, VanHeusen)  4:32
9 Look for the Silver Lining (Lining DeSylva, Kern)  5:05
10 Seven Come Eleven (Christian, Goodman)  4:30


Jim Hall - g
Carl Perkins - p
Red Mitchell - b

Recorded in Los Angeles ; January 10 & 24, 1957

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cephus said...

tanks for this beautiful music!

jazzwallah said...

How nice to see you back!

mel said...

Thanks very much - I haven't seen this one for a very long time...

lcbriza said...

Thanks a lot, Mel, for another Jim Hall gem.

rowgatien said...


Melanchthon said...

Richard Stands said...

Anyone out there who has the recording "The Winner" where Larry Bunker overdubbed this original recording with his drums? I have an outworn vinyl of it but would like to have a clean CD copy of it

deGallo said...

Thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice album, Melanchthon.
Thanks a lot.

Geoviki said...

We both seem to be in a Jim Hall mood...thanks so much.

Fred Archtop said...

Great album. Thanks Mel.

Alberto said...

Unbelievable, you found a version of the original pressing! Thank you so much!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!