Charlie Haden/Jim Hall

Charlie Haden/Jim Hall

by Jim HallJim Hall


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This recorded, intimate document was recorded at Jazz Beat during the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1990 and sees its first official release on this Impulse! volume. Bassist Charlie Haden and guitarist Jim Hall played a number of duet concerts together over the years, but this was certainly among the very earliest. Given their respective careers up to this point, both men had nearly perfected the artistry of playing in this particular chamber jazz setting. That all said, it does not prepare the listener for the canny, intimate, yet absolutely electric interplay on offer here. From readings of standards such as "Bemsha Swing," "Body and Soul," and Skylark" through to Ornette Coleman's "Turnaround" and excellent originals by both men -- including Haden's bookends, the tenderly dissonant "First Song" and the knotty "In the Moment," and Hall's sprightly melodic Latin waltz "Down from Antigua" and his fingerpopping "Big Man Blues" -- this music is an adventure top to bottom. It unfolds gradually and cannily over 76 minutes. Ethan Iverson's liner essay is spirited, insightful, and illuminating to boot. This set is not only impossible to criticize, but adds an immeasurable depth to the catalogs of both artists.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2014
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0602537841820
catalogNumber: 002176502

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Hall   Primary Artist,Guitar
Charlie Haden   Bass

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Jim Hall   Composer
Denzil Best   Composer
Ornette Coleman   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Charlie Haden   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Ethan Iverson   Liner Notes
Patrice Beausejour   Cover Illustration
Farida Bachir   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Robert Sour   Composer
Marielle Costosèque   Cover Illustration

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