Storyteller: Circles/All Across the City

Storyteller: Circles/All Across the City

by Jim HallJim Hall


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Two of Jim Hall's excellent Concord CDs, Circles and All Across the City, are combined in this double-CD reissue. The trio, which includes bassist Don Thompson and drummer Terry Clarke, temporarily expands to a quartet as Rufus Reid takes over the bass and Thompson shifts to piano for a brisk samba arrangement of "(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings." The leader's stripped-down arrangement of "Love Letters" focuses on his lyrical guitar. His poignant treatment of "I Can't Get Started" is deliberately paced and carries the message of this timeless standard with no vocal necessary. Hall's catchy "Down From Antigua" (which deserves lyrics!) stands out among his three compositions. Clarke wrote "T.C. Blues," a complex blues line that features lively interplay between Hall and Thompson. The bassist returns to piano for "Circles," an emotional duet with Hall. The 1989 session is also first-rate. With Clarke on drums, bassist Steve LaSpina, and the addition of keyboardist Gil Goldstein, Hall refuses to be pigeonholed. The subtle incorporation of Goldstein's synthesizer never overwhelms the beautiful bossa nova "Beija-Flor." His playful take of "Bemsha Swing" and lush interpretation of "Prelude to a Kiss" are masterful, while he adapts Bill Evans' changes and ending in a delicious version of Irving Berlin's "How Deep Is the Ocean?" Hall also revisits several of his older compositions, including the childlike "Young One (For Debra)," written for his daughter, with its humorous calliope-like introduction by Goldstein's synthesizer; there's also the subtle "All Across the City," Hall's interpretation of the Big Apple at daybreak. Hall's strutting "Drop Shot" and Goldstein's turbulent, often free-form "R.E.M. State" are welcome new numbers, while Jane Hall (Jim's wife) penned the lovely ballad "Something Tells Me." This is an essential purchase for fans of Jim Hall.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/25/2002
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431213123
catalogNumber: 2131
Rank: 42682

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Hall   Primary Artist,Guitar
Gil Goldstein   Keyboards
Rufus Reid   Bass
Steve LaSpina   Bass
Don Thompson Quartet   Bass,Piano
Terry Clarke   Drums

Technical Credits

Thad Jones   Composer
Don Thompson   Composer
Phil Edwards   Engineer,Remixing
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Carl Jefferson   Producer
Ed Trabanco   Engineer
Harry Warren   Composer
Jim Hall Trio   Composer
Charles Stewart   Cover Photo
David Lubarsky   Cover Photo
Ana Baracca   Art Direction
Carl E. Jefferson   Producer

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