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    Lately I cannot stop listening to this record:



    Hall's playing is just so good!

    What's your favorite Jim Hall recording and how has his playing influenced your own?

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    My favorite song is All Across the City. Hauntingly beautiful. I also love Romain. Simply gorgeous. And, my favorite album, as of today (it will change) is By Arrangement.

    I admire him so much. I have tried to copy his tone, but frankly, not his style. I prefer to play solo chord melodies-- which on rare occasions, Jim did brilliantly-- but mostly he has been a tremendous musical inspiration.

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    My favourite Jim Hall recording is "Beija-Flor" from "All Across The City".

    I agree with Matt, Jim is a great inspiration and example to us all. I love the fact that his playing is always thoughtful, never flashy and he is not afraid to explore low volume. I saw Jim with the amazing Scott Colley about ten years ago in a smallish concert setting. When Scott was soloing Jim basically turned the volume control right down and comped acoustically. He talks about this as an artistic choice in Exploring Jazz Guitar iirc.

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    Jim is my single largest influence musically in all things no doubt through harmony composition taste sound and just sheer magnitude. That album the Bridge mentioned was probably one of the most important jazz records for guitarists as a member of the rhythm section rather then as just a front line axe. Jim is a legendary soloist, comper and writing.

    My favorite Jim Hall album is a 3 way tie between 2 well known albums and one obscure one.

    Concertio (you got ron carter, chet baker, steve ghadd and many more), TrioLive one of the absolute greatest guitar trio albums ever recorded. Then thirdly "These Rooms:

    These Rooms features Tom Harrel mostly on flugel, Joey Baron on drums and STeve LaSpina on bass (currently those final two make up Jim's current trio he's performing with. It's from the late 1980's and hasn't been available to purchase for a long while although I heard it was to be or was already re-released on itunes through a japanese label.

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    Gotta go with CONCIERTO. I was looking for the Room, but wasn't about to fork over $125 for a CD. I did find a download of it, though.

    Mostly, I love all the Rollins AND Desmond 1960s RCA sides. Those must have been done with his 175.

    Jim is one of the great intellectuals of jazz, a truly thoughtful and contemplative player, I love his tone, but I am drawn to those who are "non diggers".

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    These Rooms is available on iTunes, now.

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    "Rooms" is an amazing record...discovered it a year ago or so, pretty sure at jake's reccomendation.

    I love the "all across the city" album, even gil goldstein's cheesy keyboard patches.

    My "somewhat obscure" jim hall pick would be a record he did with art farmer called "big blues." Actually, I love everything he did with farmer.

    Lately, I've been absorbing "duologues" with enrico pieranunzi.

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    I think I would have to go with "Concierto" but all the great stuff he did with Bill Evans really opened up the way I think about playing with a piano player.

    wiz

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    "Vera Cruz" on a very old record, with Airto on drums/percussion, a favorite. The most interesting thing to me is his artistic consistency; I've never heard him "phone it in", and I produced him several times in concert, and have been a huge fan since 1964 or so. A tremendous artist.

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    Why is it that so many guitar players, including pros, list JH as their favorite guitarist, yet so few can ever seem to hold back from blasting through scale runs that go NOWHERE instead of developing a story with melody. To my ears, Jim Hershman is the heir apparent to Jim's compositional style of improv, while having his own "style". His trio cd "342" cannot be heard without thinking to one's self - "that's how I wish I could play".

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    Thanks for the record suggestions. Looking forward to getting into more of Hall's playing!

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    I love Live and Concerto best. But honestly his output is so good. I've yet to hear Rooms so I'm going to have to find that.

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    Another great album is the two part Town Hall concert. A great mix of some standards with Jim's compositions played with several os his friends over the years. Great stuff.

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    Here are the Jim Hall albums I own:

    1. Berlin, Stokholm (Jimmy Guifrie 3)
    2. By Arrangement
    3. Concierto
    4. Dialogues
    5. Hemispheres
    6. Interaction (Art Farmer)
    7. Jazz Guitar
    8. Jazzpar Quartet +4
    9. JH and PM
    10. JH Live!
    11. Live at Town Hall
    12. Panorama
    13. Ron Carter and JH
    14. Three Rooms
    15. Two Jims and Zoot


    What one stands out that I am apparently missing?

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    I dig the stuff he did as a sideman, especially Giuffre, Farmer, and Rollins.

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    Picked up 'Concierto' and 'These Rooms' off of iTunes. Looking forward to some heavy listening!

    Also have to give props to 'Alone Together', another record I've really been enjoying lately.

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    I'm adding "grand slam", "jim hall with basses", and "commitment" (another one with farmer) to the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NSJ
    Here are the Jim Hall albums I own:

    1. Berlin, Stokholm (Jimmy Guifrie 3)
    2. By Arrangement
    3. Concierto
    4. Dialogues
    5. Hemispheres
    6. Interaction (Art Farmer)
    7. Jazz Guitar
    8. Jazzpar Quartet +4
    9. JH and PM
    10. JH Live!
    11. Live at Town Hall
    12. Panorama
    13. Ron Carter and JH
    14. Three Rooms
    15. Two Jims and Zoot


    What one stands out that I am apparently missing?
    Check out Dedications and Inspirations.

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    I do love that record too...and what's the one with all duos, where he plays with frisell and stern and harrell? That's a winner too.

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    I love Live the trio he did at Bourbon Street. The Angel Eyes is brilliant. It was part of a week he did there, Don Thompson recorded it. It had long been rumoured that the rest of the week was out there somewhere. A couple of years ago the other 20 tracks came into my hands. The standard for jazz guitar was set then; it does not get any better.
    David

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    What can you say, Jim is an institution in jazz. I can not think of another player who has really connected with so many great musicians, Ron Carter, Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans.... and they all speak so highly of him. He is the main influence on my comping. I think I have learned more from the Paul Desmond album Easy Living about comping and single line playing than any other album.

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    top 3 would have to be:

    1. Jimmy Giuffre Trio (thats top 5 groups ever for me. Giuffre has to be one of the most underrated improvisers in jazz)
    2. w/ Sonny
    3. Live at the Vanguard (love the more modern sounds w/ Osby)

    oh crap...Undercurrent w/ Bill Evans...that album is amazing. "Interplay" too...

    the guy doesnt have a bad record that i have ever found. the epitome of taste and tone for me. just saw him a few months back. very inspiring. he is getting up there but he still sounds great. i hope to be swingin when im growed up like him. lately i have been getting into some of the Chico Hamilton Quintet stuff, which is very interesting to hear.

    for me "the bridge" was kind of a pivotal record. hearing a guitarist play with one of the acknowledged greatest of classic jazz horn players and not only hold his own, but bring SO much to the sound of the arrangements, the dynamics, and interplay.

    if i had to just have one guitarist to listen to, jim would be a likely candidate. plus i just love all the people he has played with through the years. so much music! not just guitar music...thats the beauty of jim hall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NSJ
    Here are the Jim Hall albums I own:

    1. Berlin, Stokholm (Jimmy Guifrie 3)
    2. By Arrangement
    3. Concierto
    4. Dialogues
    5. Hemispheres
    6. Interaction (Art Farmer)
    7. Jazz Guitar
    8. Jazzpar Quartet +4
    9. JH and PM
    10. JH Live!
    11. Live at Town Hall
    12. Panorama
    13. Ron Carter and JH
    14. Three Rooms
    15. Two Jims and Zoot


    What one stands out that I am apparently missing?
    Undercurrent with Bill Evans; it's pretty awesome.

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    Anything with Paul Desmond.

    Beautiful Love with Michel Petrucciani.

    Nuff Said

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    Thanks for this discussion, guys. I was taking notes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuff Said
    Anything with Paul Desmond.

    Beautiful Love with Michel Petrucciani.

    Nuff Said
    The trio with Michel, Jim and Wayne Shorter is spectacular.

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    Youkali


    Quote Originally Posted by andyhoey1
    Undercurrent with Bill Evans; it's pretty awesome.

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    Not to get too far off topic, but since we're on Jim Hall, does anybody have his book "Exploring Jazz Guitar?" I was thinking of getting it. Thx

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    I have it and I liked it a lot.


    Quote Originally Posted by andyhoey1
    Not to get too far off topic, but since we're on Jim Hall, does anybody have his book "Exploring Jazz Guitar?" I was thinking of getting it. Thx

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    I've got it, good book, not a method at all, just insights etc.

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    it's a great book

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    Worth it if just to get the "Hall-approved" lead sheets to some of his great tunes.

    A very interesting read...like hanging out with the man for a few hours...

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    Well that certainly sounds like a good deal of positive feedback. I wouldn't mind "hanging around Jim Hall" for a few hours for just under $20 bucks. Sounds like a win, thanks fellas!

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    I know this is an old thread, but worth extending I think.

    Jim Hall is a player who didn't jump out at me initially. But I've come to really like his playing and absolutely love his tone.

    The albums I have: Across the City, Undercurrent, Power of Three, Trio: The Complete Jazz Guitar, Alone Together, Concierto, Live!, and Interplay. Oh, and I have the Bridge album somewhere....need to find that.

    I think Concierto is my favorite, followed by Live!. I'll need to get These Rooms. The duo albums with Bill Evans and Ron Carter are fantastic too.
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    Fep's posts turned me on to Mr. Hall. For some reason, he did not make into my collection earlier. I had tried a few samples in the past and was not hooked.
    But as I mature as a guitarist, I can really appreciate Jim Halls and a couple of others that I had overlooked.

    Alone Together, with Ron Carter really, really has me right now. It is so relaxing and I would love to be able to interact wtih a Bass plalyer like that. I have since bought Concierto and Jim Hall Live! I absolutely love them both.

    He does not bowl you over with long, fast runs, he caresses your ears. Great tone, too.

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    Jim Hall is one of my all time favorites. He is one of the few that is truly free of cliches. His improv is always fresh sounding and he comps with beautiful voice leading.

    If you ask most non guitarist musicians who THEIR favorite guitarist is, in my experience more often not they will say Jim Hall for those very reasons.

    I was actually just relistening to Concierto last night. I love his playing on, "The Answer is Yes," especially the different approaches on the main and alternate takes. The Bridge of course is a landmark album. I love his version of "Angel Eyes," off of the Live! album. The duo stuff with Bill Evans, Alone Together with Ron Carter, I could go on and on.

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    My JH discography is limited to:

    4 old vynil records:

    Berlin festival. Guitar Workshop. (Plays Careful, 14 bars blues, and You stepped out of a dream in duet with Barney Kessel)

    Commitment (like his version of Indian summer)

    Concierto (Concierto de Aranjuez my preferred)

    Circles (with Don Thompson, Terry Clark and Rufus Reid)

    and 3 CDs:

    All Across the City
    Alone Together
    Jim Hall and Friends Volume I

    Also two of his videos, and the book "Exploring Jazz Guitar"

    This thread provides useful info to further listening of this master. Thanks.

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    Glad to see this thread is still going! I'm still listening to Hall pretty much daily and trying to absorb as much as I can.

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    I can't believe I had to scroll down the bottom of the first page before someone mentioned "Undercurrent", his duet record with Bill Evans. I bought it second hand over 30 years ago and was transfixed. My Funny Valentine still floors me every time I hear it. I was lucky enough to take a lesson with Jim back in the 80's and I remember talking to him at length about that very recording.
    Another favorite that I no longer have but would love to find again is "First Edition" with George Shearing.

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    Concierto is by far my favorite. "The answer is yes" maybe one of my all time favorites.

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    I have loved a lot of Jim Hall's work. He was one of the first mainstream jazz guitarists I heard, way back in the early 80s. I heard some duos with Hall and was not all that impressed, but I came from a rock background and didn't appreciate the subtlety. But then I came to love his subtle approach. And I find it fascinating that guitarists like Frisell, Metheny, and Stern consider him a major influence and inspiration.

    I really liked his Telarc period. He introduced a lot of new material, and each record was distinctive. The solo record is a bit to take in all at once, but then I loved Dialogues, especially the tracks with Frisell and Lovano. There were the high-energy live records, the duo with Metheny (a perfect matching), and two of his most unusual and creative records: Textures and By Arrangement.

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    I think my favorite Jim Hall tune is "Bimini," and I particularly love the performance on Power of Three.

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    Commitment has been a favorite since it came out in the '70s. Lament for a Fallen Matador moves me like few other pieces. Live was my first Hall album, originally purchased on 8-track , and I think it showcases his playing to great advantage, likewise for the live recordings from Japan.

    I got to see him in Denver last October and he played beautifully in spite of his health problems. Beija Flor was a standout at that performance and it's one of my favorite from his repertoire.

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    It's nice to see a thread about Jim Hall resurrected after a forum newbie like me arrived not that long ago. Jim is one of my all-time favorites, along with Barney Kessel and Johnny Smith. I never got to thank them, and it's nice to have a chance to thank Jim now and show some appreciation and respect.

    I only have four Jim Hall Albums, although thanks to this thread I just downloaded These Rooms from Amazon for $8.99. My next stop will be to check out more of Jim's work with Bill Evans, but as it is I would have to give the nod to Live and Concierto.

    Thanks Jim. If anyone is Mr Taste, it's you!



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    I got almost all Jim's albums. First time I 've heard him when I was 17, some 35 years ago...
    After all those years I shared my love to Jim on Guitar-Tube site, by uploading Jim Hall's best videos I could find:
    Jim Hall - on GuitarTube

    My fav Jim's CD is "Commitment" originally released in 1976, shortly before I've heard Jim ever first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yazzoo
    I got almost all Jim's albums. First time I 've heard him when I was 17, some 35 years ago...
    After all those years I shared my love to Jim on Guitar-Tube site, by uploading Jim Hall's best videos I could find:
    Jim Hall - on GuitarTube

    My fav Jim's CD is "Commitment" originally released in 1976, shortly before I've heard Jim ever first time.
    Thanks for putting those up. I'll be watching them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Synchro
    Thanks for putting those up. I'll be watching them all.
    Welcome.

    Another funny story connected to Jim Hall is about his piece "Lament for a Fallen Matador" from mentioned "Commitment" CD, Jim's version of Albinoni's Adagio.

    It was first time I've heard jazz version of this famous classic tune then. I loved it much, bought vinyl record, wrote some dedication and gifted my future wife.
    After many years, when one day my wife saw me in some cafe with other woman, she smashed Jim's vinyl on my head when I came back home....

    It's ok now after more years, she is still my wife and she still keep this broken old vinyl, hidden somewhere in her wardrobe

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    Great story!

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    I went to Guitar Tube but the vids don't play???

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    The only Jim Hall albums I have are Undercurrent and Intermodulation, the ones with Bill Evans, and from just these two I came to the conclusion that he's my favorite player, really need to get some more of his stuff, and THAT TONE! <3
    I've been transcribing Darn That Dream, only problem is his feel is so spot on it's impossible to replicate, easy to copy what he's playing but not how he's playing it. Just can't get enough of him.