Down Beat Critics' Choice

Down Beat Critics' Choice

by Jim Hall
     
 

One of the many great things about guitarist Jim Hall is his unparalleled ability to excel in both a straight-ahead jazz context and in a variety of more experimental modes, from harmonically challenging avant-garde jazz to playful adaptations of Caribbean themes and innovative instrumental settings (such as the trio improvisation withSee more details below

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One of the many great things about guitarist Jim Hall is his unparalleled ability to excel in both a straight-ahead jazz context and in a variety of more experimental modes, from harmonically challenging avant-garde jazz to playful adaptations of Caribbean themes and innovative instrumental settings (such as the trio improvisation with bassist Scott Colley and George Mraz featured on this album). Hall's guitar sound is famously round, soft, and gentle, and yet his note choices and compositional strategies can be highly difficult. Down Beat Critics' Choice collects 12 tracks from albums Hall recorded for the Telarc label between 1995 and 2001, and includes some of his most exciting and sophisticated work, as well as a clunker or two. Among the former are his exquisite collaboration with guitarist Mike Stern on "Stern Stuff," which Hall composed in Stern's honor and which is based on a Monk-ish, almost atonal theme and yet features some of Hall's most spirited and sweetly swinging solo playing. The calypso-flavored "Pan-O-Rama," which features pianist Geoff Keezer, is another solid winner, as is the melancholy "Snowbound," a duet with accordionist Gil Goldstein. "Circus Dance" is just a bit too literal in its development of the titular theme, and never really gets off the ground. But the high points outnumber the low ones by a huge margin on this very fine collection.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408355721
catalogNumber:
83557

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Hall   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Art Farmer   Flugelhorn
Gil Goldstein   Accordion,Conductor,Bass Accordion
Slide Hampton   Trombone
Dave Holland   Bass
Geoff Keezer   Piano
Joe Lovano   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Pat Metheny   Acoustic Guitar
New York Voices   Track Performer
Greg Osby   Alto Saxophone
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Mike Stern   Guitar
Ryan Kisor   Trumpet
Kenny Barron   Piano
Alex Brofsky   French Horn
Ronald Carbone   Viola
Scott Colley   Bass
Bill Frisell   Guitar
Charlie Haden   Bass
Tom Harrell   Flugelhorn
Conrad Herwig   Trombone
Paul Hostetter   Conductor
Richard Locker   Cello
Christian McBride   Bass
Eugene J. Moye   Cello
George Mraz   Bass
Maxine Neuman   Cello
Jim Pugh   Trombone,Conductor
Claudio Roditi   Flugelhorn
Marcus Rojas   Strings,Tuba
Myron Lutzke   Cello
Ann Roggen   Viola
Louise Schulman   Strings,Viola,Soloist
Maureen Gallagher   Viola
Richard Sher   Cello
Rozlyne Clarke   Cello
Stephanie Fricker   Viola
Derek DiCenzo   Strings,Steel Drums
Jamie Finegan   Trumpet
Andy Watson   Drums
Terry Clarke   Drums

Technical Credits

Russ Freeman   Composer
Gil Goldstein   Producer
Jim Hall   Arranger,Composer
Michael Bishop   Engineer
Scott Colley   Composer
George Mraz   Composer
Jack Renner   Engineer
John Snyder   Producer
Frank John Hadley   Liner Notes
Jane Hall   Producer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
John Corbett   Liner Notes
Jim Macnie   Liner Notes
Jerry Gladstone   Composer

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