Jim Hall – Concierto (1975) [MFSL 2003]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 67:47 minutes | Scans included | 1,1 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,2 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2012
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”.
01. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
02. Two’s Blues
03. The Answer Is Yes
04. Concierto de Aranjuez
05. Rock Skippin’
06. Unfinished Business, based on “Paloma Azul”
07. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To (alternate take)
08. The Answer Is Yes (alternate take)
09. Rock Skippin’ (alternate take)
Mastered by Shawn R. Britton at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA.