Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Jim Hall - Something Special

A trio album that displays guitarist Jim Hall's absolute refusal to grow old, Something Special is a treat to listen to. Accompanied by pianist/organist Larry Goldings, who sticks to piano for the recording, and bassist Steve LaSpina, the music on Something Special is often introspective, sometimes jovial, but always adventurous. A few of the album's best moments are the ones in which the trio is pared down. "Deep in a Dream," performed as a solo piece by Hall, is soft and lush. Goldings' "Up for Air" is played as a duet by the pianist and guitarist, and their treatment of it is light and energetic, taking advantage of the absence of a bass, rather than trying to compensate for it. Pat Metheny, a longtime public admirer of Hall, gets a return nod of admiration on Hall's "Down from Antigua," which sounds very much in the Metheny tradition of writing. On "Steps," the trio delves into some fairly gentle "free" playing. An essential purchase for Hall fans.
Dan Cross

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jjftxqygldde

Jim Hall
Something Special

Tracks

1 Something Special (Hall)  6:11
2 Somewhere (Bernstein, Sondheim)  5:06
3 Down from Antigua (Hall)  9:44
4 Steps (Hall)  4:22
5 Deep in a Dream (DeLange, VanHeusen)  3:58
6 When Little Girls Play (LaSpina)  6:17
7 Three (Hall)  8:00
8 Lucky Thing (Hall)  6:44
9 Up for Air (Goldings)  5:02
10 Consequently (Hall)  4:47

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Personnel
Jim Hall - g
Larry Goldings - p
Steve LaSpina - b

Recorded at Sound on Sound Recording Studio, New York City ; March 6 & 8, 1993


I remember that Jim Hall recorded a two or three heroic takes of "All The Things You Are" on solo guitar that didn't make it onto the CD. Also, on one tune, Steve LaSpina had a great bass solo using sliding double-stops that wasn't used for some reason. On the lunch break Larry Goldings busted out a spot-on Woody Allen impression. Jim Hall had brought a Far Side cartoon from Gary Larson that needed a caption ; it was a monkey in a music store playing a banjo or guitar with a bunch of musicians around saying something.

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26 comments:

Pippo said...

Thank you Melanchthon ! great post.

wouter said...

thanks melanchton, for this great jim hall album!

dch said...

Thank You. Much appreciated.

Heervee said...

Thank you Mel, for this good one, and also for the Flickr link, I discovered there Jim's Gear, I'm always interesting in gears.
Thanks

Orbyt said...

Great post. Huge thanks for the Flicr link, too.

micky said...

EXELENT!!!! Thank you so much/

rio said...

Thank you for this JH's album

ZM-JazzRock said...

thank you so much, Mel!
regards from Brazil,
--zm

inamist said...

Thank you mel! I didn't know this one.

rje said...

thank you. my favorite guitarist.

drfeelgoed said...

Thank you again!

drfeelgoed said...

Thank you again!

Danneau said...

J'ai vu ceci ailleurs aujourd'hui, mais es-ce j'arrive à le rejoindre? Alors, le voilà ici, le monde est en ordre, je suppose, et je vous en remercie hardiment.

swamielmo said...

thank you melanchthon, i appreciate very much your efforts. hello from mexico

TEO said...

Thanks Mel!!!
Great to hear Jim Hall is this trio setting with Larry Goldings on piano!!!

deGallo said...

Thank you for the upgrade.

fcapeau said...

I got this record ten years ago ...... because of his funny jacket ! Amazing music. many thanks, Mel.

pedro gamundi said...

Gracias.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for the re-up!

ProfessorCalculus said...

thanks Mel.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Melanchthon said...

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Anonymous said...

Love the Gary Larson "Far Side" cover too! Thanks as always!

Rodney said...

Thank you, mel.

Gaetano Bevilacqua said...

grazie

rambert said...

Thanks, I didn't know this one yet!