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Guitarist Jim Hall is the sort of musician who displays such technical expertise, imaginative conception, and elegance of line and phrase that almost any recording of his is worth hearing. Still, Concierto ranks among the best albums of his superb catalog. For starters, the personnel here is a jazz lover's dream come true. Paul Desmond (saxophone), Chet Baker (trumpet), Roland Hanna (piano), Ron Carter (bass), and Steve Gadd (drums) are on board, creating -- along with Hall -- one of the highest profile lineups ever put to tape. Yet Concierto is not about star power and showboating. As subtle, nuanced, and considered as any of Hall's output, the ensemble playing here demonstrates great group sensitivity and interplay, giving precedence to mood and atmosphere over powerhouse soloing. Conductor and arranger Don Sebesky evinces a chamber ambience from the sextet on "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," the smoky "The Answer Is Yes," and the Hall centerpiece "Concierto de Aranjuez." ~ Anthony Tognazzini

Product Details

Release Date: 01/30/2002
Label: Epic Europe
UPC: 5099750602522
catalogNumber: 5060252
Rank: 17708

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Hall   Primary Artist,Guitar
Chet Baker   Trumpet
Ron Carter   Bass
Paul Desmond   Alto Saxophone
Don Sebesky   Conductor
Steve Gadd   Drums
Roland Hanna   Piano

Technical Credits

Joaquín Rodrigo   Composer
Ron Carter   Composer
Jim Hall   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Steve Futterman   Liner Notes

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