Saturday, July 30, 2016

Jim Hall & Ron Carter - Alone Together

Alone Together is one of the great duet albums in instrumental jazz. Guitarist Jim Hall and bassist Ron Carter are renowned as both studio musicians and members of stellar outfits (Hall played with Jimmy Giuffre and Art Farmer ; Carter with Miles Davis's second great quintet). In the intimate, chamber-jazz atmosphere of these live dates, however, the true sensitivity and flexibility of both artists can be heard. Carter and Hall are sophisticated, harmonically advanced players. They value balance and space as much as technical showmanship, and both play with a cool tone and rhythmically intricate flair that scintillates as it soothes and seduces.
The majority of the program consists of standards ("Autumn Leaves" and "Prelude to a Kiss)," along with other covers (Sonny Rollins's "St. Thomas"). Hall contributes an original, the smoky "Whose Blues," as does Carter, with the sly bop flourishes on "Receipt, Please." Throughout, the music is playful, highly lyrical, energetic, and beautiful, while representing an almost uncanny telepathy between the two performers. Aside from faint crowd noise from the club audience, this album is perfection.

Source :

Jim Hall
Ron Carter
Alone Together


1 St. Thomas (Rollins)  4:38
2 Alone Together (Dietz, Schwartz)  5:47
3 Receipt, Please (Carter)  4:56
4 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye)  6:44
5 Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein, Romberg)  2:52
6 Whose Blues ? (Hall)  5:54
7 Prelude to a Kiss (Ellington, Gordon, Mills)  5:43
8 Autumn Leaves (Kosma, Mercer, Prévert)  6:47


Jim Hall - g
Ron Carter - b

Recorded live at the "Jazz Adventures" concert, The Playboy Club, New York City ; August 4, 1972


JoJoPurdie said...

Very nice upgrade! Thank you M.

bongohito said...

Thank you for such consistently good taste and high quality files.

These two virtues leave you peerless.


LaroSwing said...

Great post! Jim Hall is always welcome.

deGallo said...

Thank you Mel. Not a real big Jim Hall fan but this is one of his better albums. Of course, Ron Carter can do no wrong.

Blue Eyes said...

Yes, great post Mel! this album is a masterpiece! highly recommended!

L.O.L. said...

Thanks Mel=)

Joe Carter said...

One of the all time great recordings and one that got me through my college years. Thanks for posting.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you so much Mel. I'm very happy to finally get this classic!

Kovina Kris said...

Got a chance to listen and I must say that this one is a must have IMO.

Pernath said...

Thanks Baruch. Jim Hall's records are always welcome.

JP said...

Just want to add my thanks. I'm listening to this now and loving it.

kurt hricz said...

Big hello and many thanks for your great work... is it possible to post the ron carter/jim hall - alone together record again?

Melanchthon said...

Fred Archtop said...

Great post. Thanks Mel.

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,
thank you for another great post.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks!

Sandflyer said...

Another excellent choice. Many thanks.