Saturday, February 16, 2013

Jim Hall - Unreleased Sessions

Wonderful lost work from the west coast chamber jazz scene of the late 50s -- and some great work featuring the reeds of Buddy Collette alongside the guitar of Jim Hall ! The first 11 tracks on the set are from the album Swinging Shepherds -- originally issued under Collette's name for Mercury in the mid 50s, and featuring a lineup that features Collette, Bud Shank, Paul Horn, and Harry Klee on an assortment of flutes -- plus Hall on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne or Earl Palmer on drums. The sound is light and swinging -- in the playful mode that some of the players were using with the Chico Hamilton group at the time -- on titles that include "The Shrike", "Laura", "Intermezzo", "Ruby", "Invitation", and "Swinging On A Star". The last 8 tracks on the session are from an obscure Porgy & Bess album -- originally issued on the Interlude label, and featuring Collette and Hall with the organ of Gerald Wilson, the accordion of Pete Jolly, the bass of Red Mitchell, and the drums of Louis Bellson. This unusual lineup really does a great job of reworking the original Gershwin tunes -- using the odd instrumentation and playful arrangements to put a bright new face on tracks that include "Bess You Is My Woman", "Where's My Bess", "Summertime", and "There's A Boat That's Leavin For New York". As a bonus, the CD also features 4 more tracks from a session that has Collette and Hall with Chico Hamilton and trumpeter John Anderson -- tracks that include "It's You", "Wagnerous", and "And So Is Love".

Source :

Jim Hall
Unreleased Sessions


1 Laura (Raksin) 2:39
2 Smile (Chaplin) 3:06
3 The Band and the Beautiful (Raksin) 4:11
4 The Shrike (Rugolo) 3:25
5 I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me (Gaskill, McHugh) 2:42
6 The Trolly Song (Blane, Martin) 1:55
7 Intermezzo (Henning, Provost) 3:27
8 Ruby (Parish, Roemheld) 3:21
9 Invitation (Kaper) 3:53
10 Swinging on a Star (Burke, VanHeusen) 2:54
11 Colonel Bogey & River Kwai March (Aldford) 3:36
12 It's You [*] (Collette) 2:24
13 A Walk on the Veldt [*] (Collette) 3:20
14 Wagnervous [*] (Hamilton, Wiggins) 4:39
15 And So Is Love [*] (Anderson) 2:43
16 Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess ? (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:57
17 My Man's Gone Now (Gershwin, Gershwin) 3:24
18 Summertime (Gershwin, Gershwin) 4:13
19 It Ain't Necessarily So (Gershwin, Gershwin) 3:28
20 I Got Plenty of Nuttin' (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:38
21 There's a Boat That's Leavin' for New York (Gershwin, Gershwin) 3:20
22 Bess, You Is My Woman Now (Gershwin, Gershwin) 3:26
23 A Woman Is a Sometime Thing (Gershwin, Gershwin) 4:42

Feat. Buddy Collette, Bud Shank, Paul Horn, Jim Hall, Red Mitchell, Shelly Manne, Curtis Counce, Gerald Wiggins, Chico Hamilton, Pete Jolly, Red Callender, Louis Bellson...

Recorded between October 1956 & October 1959.

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wightdj said...

Superb Hall, as always. Thanks.

Orbyt said...

A doozy, that's for sure. Great share Mel.

Session info:

Tracks #1-11:
JIM HALL (Guitar);
BILL MILLER (Piano #1,2,6,8,11)
JOHN WILLIAMS (Piano #3-5,7,9,10)
SHELLY MANNE (Drums #1-5)
EARL PALMER (Drums #6-11)
Recorded in Los Angeles, October 1959.

Tracks #12-15:
JIM HALL (Guitar);
BUDDY COLLETTE (Flute, Tenor Sax);
Recorded in Hollywood, October 11, 1956.

Tracks #16-23:
JIM HALL (Guitar);
BUDDY COLLETTE (Flute, Bass Clarinet);
PETE JOLLY (Accordian);
Recorded in Los Angeles, July, 1957.

ZM-JazzRock said...

Jim Hall is always welcomed (as a Leader or not). Thanx a lot!

birin said...

Muchisimas gracias Melanchthon.
Otro gran disco!

Melanchthon said...

El Tortuga said...

delightful music, thank you very much Mr. Mel.

Lenny said...

Thanks Mel for this forgotten jewel

CrunchyFrog said...

thanks Mel! More Gershwin!

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

G Man said...

Very happy to find this. I love the Collette/Hall sessions and can not wait to hear them again. Thanks Mel!

ketan sachar said...

Great post, as I am eager to listen to this, but unfortunately I am having issues with the extraction, what is the password?

Baron said...

Thank you Mel

braintool said...

Thank you,Melanchthon! I am also having trouble with the the extraction - pw?