Friday, May 26, 2017

Jim Hall - Grand Slam

Unlike many all-star groups Grand Slam succeeds — they are more than just a jam band. They play a repertoire (Hall and Lovano tunes) suited to this band. They sound rehearsed, and they interact with each other. There is no sense of "I'll coast while you do your thing, and you get of my way when I'm up."
Sonically Grand Slam recalls the early 60's Sonny Rollins band, The Bridge, in which Hall also played, but this band plays more adventurous music and is more together as a unit. Hall has evolved, and Nash and Mraz are simply better, more sympathetic musicians than their predecessors. Like Rollins Lovano tends to get it going without a piano feeding him chords. Hall sometimes plays that role, but more often he comments or accents behind Lovano, plays counterpoint, or plays in unison. He simulates a steel pan sound in the accompaniment to "Say Hello to Calypso." And he leaves space.
As he has over the last 15 years Hall continues to grow. He explores his instrument more fully. His solos are unpredictable, advanced rhythmically, in the moment, and full of interesting ideas — they are truly spontaneous compositions. Lovano, an effective complement to Hall, improvises with an earthier, but equally musical feel. He plays 4 different reed instruments with tenor as his most expressive voice. His alto (Conn low B) is not overly distinguishable from his tenor aurally, but he approaches the instruments dissimilarly. He is more grounded and plays with more depth on tenor while his alto lines tend to feel more "experimental"—there is a sense of Eric Dolphy's yearning for one thing.
Mraz and Nash take occasional worthy solos (Nash's intro on "Blackwell's Message" is particularly apt.), but they realize their potentials creatively as accompanists and as equal participants in the ensemble.
The compositions are strong, varied pieces that reveal the many sides of this uncompromising group.
Craig Jolley

Source :

Jim Hall
Grand Slam
Live at the Regattabar


1 Slam (Hall)  12:27
2 Chelsea Rendez-vous (Lovano)  7:02
3 Border Crossing (Hall)  6:25
4 Say Hello to Calypso (Hall)  6:47
5 Blackwell's Message (Lovano)  11:06
6 All Across the City (Hall)  9:47
7 Feel Free (Lovano)  6:37


Jim Hall - g
Joe Lovano - ts, as & cl
George Mraz - b
Lewis Nash - dr

Recorded at the Regattabar, The Charles Hotel, Cambridge, Massachusetts ; January 20-22, 2000

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jazzjose said...

gracias por todo

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias

adakun said...

Esto suena muy biennn!! Gracias Mel

Albertito Jazz said...

Muchísimas gracias, Melanchthon!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

jbl said...

Wonderful album, as are most Jim Hall albums. Thanks a lot for the "inconstant sol" link. Looks like a treasure trove.

Jorge Rubén Sosa said...

Gracias Mel. Disco increíble.
Abrazo y gracias nuevamente.

Frasco said...

Thank you Melanchthon, not only for the album itself which I don't have, but for reminding me of the Grand Slam show I attended about the same time the recording was made. It was at Iridium in New York and had the opportunity to talk with Lovano and Jim Hall, and also, with Lee Konitz, who was there just in the audience.

ita diegues said...

Gracias Melanchthon.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel. This looks great!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thank you

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a nice album!
Thanks a lot Melanchthon.

Luro said...

Gracias Nelanchthon!

Melanchthon said...

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thanks for your flac files!

PlantDoctor53 said...

Hi Mel; thank you.

Jazz Padd said...

Thank you.

Pepin said...

Hola Mel:
Tua largitas nobis est quam labor avium quae mellem alteris faciunt. Quam ob rem gratiam plenam tibi dono.


lucky5 said...

Thank you very much for the re-up, Mel!

Sandflyer said...

Many thanks for this.

sandor essedy said...

great thanks for the re-up!