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  • Audio CD (January 30, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Epic Europe
  • ASIN: B00005Y443
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to
2. Two's Blues
3. The Answer Is Yes
4. Concierto de Aranjuez
5. Rock Skippin'
6. Unfinished Business
7. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to
8. The Answer Is Yes
9. Rock Skippin'

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HALL JIM CONCIERTO

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An essential jazz CD.
Amazon Customer
On Concierto, Hall is accompanied by jazz legends Paul Desmond, Ron Carter and Chet Baker as well as accomplished session men Steve Gadd and Roland Hanna.
Kurt Harding
Great sound, and great music.
Aaron Sherwood

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on March 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
How did I miss this one? I was really into jazz albums issued on the CTI label back in the 1970s, but I was completely unaware of this until I heard it on vinyl recently at a friend's house. Naturally, I had to have my own copy, so I ordered it on CD as soon as I returned home.
I like the whole CD, but the core of this is the magnificent interpretation of Concierto de Aranjuez which in my opinion makes Miles Davis' critically acclaimed Sketches of Spain pale by comparison.
On Concierto, Hall is accompanied by jazz legends Paul Desmond, Ron Carter and Chet Baker as well as accomplished session men Steve Gadd and Roland Hanna. This sextet blends so smoothly, you might think these guys had been together for years. That can be partially credited of course to the production of Creed Taylor and the arrangements of the label's arranger Don Sebesky, but also to Taylor's instinctive ability to gather musicians who meshed with one another for whatever project was at hand.
This jazz masterpiece is one that belongs in every audiophile's collection. Order it today!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I came to jazz in the mid-eighties, and Concierto was my introduction to the jazz guitar of Jim Hall. I didn't stop there--I own everything that is in print that Jim Hall played on--but I keep returning to this masterpiece.
This is a recording of jazz voices. Who needs out-and-out lyrics, when you have the magnificent, battle-weary, eloquent instrumental voices of Paul Desmond, Chet Baker and Jim Hall to talk to you?
"Concierto de Aranjuez" is the arena for these jazz voices to tell their stories, and what can we do but listen, over and over? I'm not slighting the rest of this CD; the difference between the carefully-structured, slow, intense "Concierto de Aranjuez" and the more-mainstream jazz cuts is part of what makes this all work so well. An essential jazz CD.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "neuron617" on December 29, 2001
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Much of what I would have said is contained in prior reviews, however, I would add that I, too, own virtually all other efforts by the incomparable Mr. Hall and consider the Concierto de Aranjuez to be his finest moment. His work with Ron Carter, Paul Desmond and Bill Evans ranks nearly as high, but this is the best IMHO.
This album is the only place I know of where Hall and Desmond came together with Chet Baker. Jim Hall's guitar chops are awesome even when he is NOT in the forefront. Listen to the way he flatters other soloists, especially encouraging and supporting Baker on "Two's Blues". His sense of time and rhythm, his sense of how much he can come into another's space, his ear for what the others are doing is exquisite.
As an amateur guitarist, I have always wanted to sound like JH on this album. I tried backstage one day to get Mr. Hall to talk about it, to tell me how. He smiled and put his hand on my shoulder. "Just keep listening," he said. Jim, that's what I'm doing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Transfigured Knight on November 19, 2006
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"Concierto" was recorded April 16th and 23rd at Van Gelder Studios, 1975. It is perhaps the most beautiful and lyrical jazz guitar album of all time. There's something about this album that just makes everything else seem secondary. That's an extreme statement for an extreme album.

Joining Jim Hall on this session are some really fantastic players. All these players are capable of impeccable lyricism and creative improvisation. Chet Baker on trumpet is a good choice. He always manages to find his voice on a record and does a fine job at providing that voice. Paul Desmond is on alto saxophone and is by far, in my opinion, one of the greatest alto players of his generation. He was so smooth and his technique was unmatched. What a wonderful player he was! Desmond had also been playing with Hall alot in those days. I would also suggest as a companion album to pick up "First Place Again," "Blue," or "Take Ten." All are fine albums by Desmond and also feature Jim Hall on guitar. On piano is Roland Hanna, whose name I was very unfamiliar with up until recently when I bought some Emily Remler albums. He's one of the greats and it's a shame I'm not more familiar with his work. On drums is Steve Gadd who is probably one of the finest drummers of our time. He's done alot of jazz fusion work too most notably with Al Di Meola and Jeff Beck. He surprisingly fits well into this group. He kind of lays back and goes with the flow instead of trying to outplay everyone. Finally we have Jim Hall whose one of the great jazz guitarists of our time. He's so lyrical with his playing and understated. He blends so well with other players. Never crowds them or tries to outplay them. Hall doesn't or never has had an ego. I can tell when somebody has an ego.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Gabriele (agabriele@aol.com) on October 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The vinyl version of Jim Hall's "Concierto" was the first acoustic jazz album I ever purchased, back in 1975. What a way to start! After a year of listening to "cross-over" fusion, this album is definitely what pulled me across!!I was fortunate enough to see Paul Desmond perform with Dave Brubeck just a few years later on their 25th Anniversary Tour, and I still consider this album's performance to be his finest epitath. Sir Roland Hanna is amazing, as is the young Steve Gadd. Several well-conceived solos by Chet Baker helped fuel his mid-'70's comeback. Ron Carter was simply born to play with Jim Hall. If you don't own this CD yet, you are in for a long overdue treat. Enjoy!!
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