Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Jim Hall & Ron Carter - Telepathy

Here are two duet albums, both recorded live within two years of each other between a pair of giants : bassist Ron Carter and guitarist Jim Hall. Hall, along with his former bandmates Jimmy Giuffre and the late Paul Desmond, is the consummate melodic improviser, and Carter, despite his tenures with Rollins and Coltrane, is adept at moving from one musical space to another — either intervalically, modally, or stylistically — without difficulty. The intimate interplay found on both Live at the Village West and its successor, 1984's Telephone (as in two-way conversation), is nothing short of remarkable. The setup is between two front line instrumentalists who are both rhythmnatists in their own right. Hall is a consummate rhythm guitarist and he gets a chance to display it on tunes such as "Down From Antigua," "Laverne Walk," "Indian Summer," and "Two's Blues." Carter, who is known for his unwavering rhythmic commitment, is deft as a lead man in such an intimate setting. Check out his solos on "Bag's Groove" and "Alone Together." Hall, however, is the greatest surprise. Despite the fact that this is, as one would expect, a fairly laid-back date, his intricacy of attack and his lofty, harmonic scalar heights are simply astonishing. In his solo ascent on Carter's "Telephone," he goes inside the rhythm and harmony of the tune and exchanges them interval by interval. On "St. Thomas" from the Village West album, he cops the three-string lead pattern he's so famous for, inverts the harmony and melody, and builds a new series of changes in the middle of the break. The gorgeous low-key swinging found here in this reissue proves one thing for sure — that these two dates should have always been packaged together. These are indispensable guitar and bass duets by two masters of intimate musical discourse.
Thom Jurek

Source :

Ron Carter
Jim Hall


Cd. 1

1 Bag's Groove (Jackson)  4:22
2 All the Things You Are (Kern, Hammerstein II)  5:52
3 Blue Monk (Monk)  5:18
4 New Waltz (Carter)  6:15
5 Down from Antigua (Hall)  7:34
6 Summer Night (Warren, Dubin)  6:59
7 St. Thomas (Rollins)  4:50
8 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  6:48
9 Laverne Walk (Pettiford)  5:30
10 Baaubles, Bangles and Beads (Forrest, Wright)  5:03


Cd. 2

1 Introductory Announcement  0:23
2 Telephone (Carter)  5:11
3 Indian Summer (Dubin, Herbert)  5:55
4 Candlelight (Carter)  4:17
5 Chorale & Dance (Hall)  6:53
6 Alone Together (Dietz, Schwartz)  10:15
7 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  7:45
8 Two's Blues (Hall)  4:43


Jim Hall - g
Ron Carter - b

Recorded Live at the Village West, New York City ; November 1982 [cd. 1] ; & Live at the Concord Pavillion, Concord, California ; August 1984 [cd. 2] 


Disc One originally released as 'Live at Village West' CCD-4245 (1984) ; Disc Two originally
released as 'Telephone' CCD64270 (1985)


LaroSwing said...

A lot of thanks melanchthon for these Hall/Carter tracks I only had in mp3... Great update for me!

poppachubby said...


stringbender said...

Thanks for posting these magnificent sides.

freesteve said...

password please... thank you

Blue Eyes said...

Woow! thanks a lot Mel!...a must have!

The Jackal said...

Great show, great standards, wish I could have been at the session. Goin on high rotation thanks Mel

Bill said...

Captivating! Thanks, Mel

Kovina Kris said...

This indeed looks like classic stuff. Thank you Mel!

Prof. Yaffle said...

Can't wait to give this one a spin. Thank you very much.

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Many thanks Mel for this and others. Heartfelt gratitude.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

ben said...

Excellent site. May I have the password for this Ron Carter post? Thanks!

elpeleon said...

Hi Mel, links are dead, could you re-up this, please ?!!

Melanchthon said...

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Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

great, thank you!

Brush&Stick said...

Thanks very much!

bventure said...

I'm not normally a fan of jazz guitar, but this sounds irresistable, many thanks.

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a very nice album.
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!