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Jim Hall

Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival 1979 (CD)

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Code:
ACH-77414
Label:
Challenge
EAN:
608917006322
Reference:
CHR 70063
Format:
CD
Number of Discs:
1

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This performance was recorded live in 1979 at the North Sea Jazz Festival; it was part of a three-week European tour. Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer first worked together as a duo in 1978, just one year earlier, but their first collaborative experience together came twenty years before that, when they were both members of the Jimmy Giuffre Trio. “Giuffre's idea was to have three linear instruments improvise collectively,” recalls Jim. “He believed it didn't make any difference whether or not the group had bass or drums. He said the instruments should be able to keep time themselves. It was damn hard, but it was one of the most enlarging experiences I've had.” Despite that early experience, Bob says, “When we first had the idea of playing duo together, we were not at all sure that it would work. We played and rehearsed together a lot, trying out different ideas. We just didn't know how we would keep the feeling of time going. What we rediscovered was that the constant repetition of meter was not necessary. Jim could decorate the time while I played, and then I could play in back of him.” On this disc Challenge Records presents more than seventy minutes of their concert at The Hague, and this — something of a time capsule — is all that remains of their initial collaboration efforts. Both artists agree that this is a good representation of what they sounded like then, “then” being the operative word. (fragment taken from the liner notes).

PERSONNEL:

JIM HALL, guitar
BOB BROOKMEYER, valve trombone

North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague, July 14, 1979

TRACKS:

01. Skating In Central Park
02. I Hear A Rhapsody
03. My Funny Valentine
04. Body And Soul
05. In A Sentimental Mood
06. Sweet Basil
07. Darn That Dream
08. St. Thomas