Jim Hall: Good Friday Blues


Good Friday Blues


Jim Hall (guitar)


Blues on the Rocks (Gambit 69207)

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Jim Hall (guitar), Red Mitchell (piano), Red Kelly (bass).

Recorded: Los Angeles, April 1, 1960


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

In 1960, when producer Richard Bock conceived a blues anthology for his Pacific Jazz label, he called Jim Hall, who'd nailed the bluesy "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" for Bock in 1957 using just guitar, piano and bass. Bock asked Hall and bassist Red Mitchell to reprise their roles, but pianist Carl Perkins, having died two years before, was hard to reach. Not to worry! Mitchell could switch to piano, and his pal Red Kelly would play bass. What? Switch to piano? Be cool. Red has chops. So in they blew, cooking up a tasty, swinging blues. Once again, jazz saves the day!

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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