Saturday, May 25, 2013

Jim Hall & Pat Metheny

These two guitarists -- one an elder statesman, the other still a relatively young man in the midst of a stellar career -- are such a natural fit that it's amazing no one's thought of getting them together for a duo album before. Both play with a gentle touch and sweet tone, and both are capable of challenging experimentation, though each have spent most of their time in one mainstream tradition or another (Jim Hall in straight-ahead jazz, Pat Metheny in jazz-rock fusion). On this disc they focus on original compositions (Metheny's "Farmer's Trust" and "Into the Dream," Hall's "Cold Spring" and "Waiting to Dance"), but there are also tunes by Jerome Kern and Steve Swallow as well as the inevitable rendition of "Summertime." Their interplay is nothing short of astounding, and the five improvisational pieces scattered throughout the program sometimes sound as organized as the standards. The mood does get a little bit samey after a while, and the complete lack of high frequencies in both guitarists' tones might leave you wondering if you've got water in your ear. But overall, this really is a wonderful album.
Rick Anderson

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Jim Hall
Pat Metheny


1 Lookin' Up (Hall)  4:34
2 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein II, Kern)  6:58
3 The Birds and the Bees (Zoller)  5:04
4 Improvisation, No. 1 (Hall, Metheny) 
5 Falling Grace (Swallow)  4:39
6 Ballad Z (Metheny)  4:33
7 Summertime (Gershwin, Gershwin, DuBose, Heyward)  5:35
8 Farmer's Trust (Mays, Metheny)  5:29
9 Cold Spring (Hall)  6:29
10 Improvisation, No. 2 (Hall, Metheny)  1:11
11 Into the Dream (Metheny)  3:05
12 Don't Forget (Metheny)  4:46
13 Improvisation, No. 3 (Hall, Metheny)  3:22
14 Waiting to Dance (Hall)  4:38
15 Improvisation, No. 4 (Hall, Metheny)  2:37
16 Improvisation, No. 5 (Hall, Metheny)  2:08
17 All Across the City (Hall)  7:34

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Recorded at Right Track Studios, New York ; July 30 & 31, 1998 ; & at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh ; August 1 & 2, 1998


Melanchthon said...

Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks and thanks, Melanchthon

deGallo said...

Metheny definitely not a favorite with me but I'll get this for JH. Thank you for all the music.

Heervee said...

Interresting to hear! thank you

kike said...

A big thanks Mel for sharing this gem. My best regards, K.

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