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Jim Hall & Pat Metheny

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Pat Metheny's 1999 duo collaboration with Jim Hall, whom Metheny has called the "father of modern guitar playing," features 17 tracks reissued for the first time on Nonesuch - original tunes from each guitarist, several improvisations captured in the studio, plus six tunes recorded live in concert, including Gershwin's "Summertime." "The excellence of the playing is the heart of the matter," says the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It's a privilege to listen in." The Los Angeles Times calls it
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B005G82LA8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steven L. Hirsch on November 13, 2011
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This recording is notable on many levels. It shows Metheny as a sensitive and awe inspiring improvisor like we've rarely heard on disc; the series of 5 improvisational duets recalls Metheny at his best from his solo efforts New Chatauqua and One Quiet Night. The improvs are staggered with some classics from both artists, Metheny's own 'Farmer's Trust', stalwart 'All The Things You Are'. The biggest surprise on the album is Metheny and Hall's interpretation of the classic 'Summertime'. Just when you thought you'd heard this song in every way it could be played; I promise you you will never hear this song the same way again after hearing their version.

The balance between form and formlessness is most evident in this work made more impactful by the seamless and harmonious blend of their two complimentary styles of playing. Technically brilliant, emotionally vital in that way that only Metheny can make you smile. I wish I knew Jim Hall's work better and will find more to hear how his work has evolved prior to this most welcome duet performance. It is truly hard to tell by listening which six of the tracks are live. The sound is excellent and shows these two players at their best. A Joy.
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I'm a jazz guitarist and huge fan of both Pat Metheny and Jim Hall. Pat has made no secret of the fact that Jim was one of his greatest influences. Hearing that the two were going to make an album together, in a cross-generational summit, was something that I had to hear. I was very moved by the sort of father and son concept of it all. Of course, both guys play great, as you'd expect. As a listening experience, you find that the two are both utilizing a very similar, dark, introspective tone....the 1970's signature Jim Hall tone. This bothers me because the combined texture is pretty muddy and without great definition. For my taste, they blur far too much into each other. Don't get me wrong, I get the tone, I've always dug it when Jim used it, but who is to say that it was a good concept to have two guitarist on a duet album doing a clone-tone? For me, it seems a bit too much like Pat paying homage to his hero and not really being true to himself, using the much more transparent sound that we historically associate with him (sans chorus and delay, please). Had Pat been more true to his sonic identity, I feel that the album would have been a much better listening experience. With all that said, on a playing level, it won't disappoint. As a guitarist, myself, it's fascinating to hear how two guitarists play off each other. It's an album that will stay in my collection as a jazz guitar duet reference. In my opinion, this is not a first, second, or third purchase for either of these men. Hey, did I mention that I absolutely worship the ground that these guys walk on?
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The minute Jim Hall begins playing on the opening cut, it becomes clear why Pat Metheny considers him a major influence. I had no idea this influence was so obvious! The two guitarists match each other with tone and phrasing in perfect synchrony. There is a sweet, dreamy mood that is captured throughout the entire album. A guitar players delight!
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It is sad to say that if Jim Hall didn't just die, I would not have heard of him. But 89.9FM in NY played his music for 24 hours straight and I fell in love with it immediately. All Across the City is one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever heard; I don't know how I've done without it for my 53 years. Can't get enough of Mr. Hall's music.

Rest in peace. And thank you.
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Feeling like the easiness and simplicity is flowing through the fingers but you can visualize the perfectness of the two masters full of art and skill.The hardest of all is this perfection hidden behind the plain notes.
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This duo played as if they were together 20 years.The interplay was a thing of beauty on every track,and I can't stop playing the CD.
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