Jim Hall: Concierto de Aranjuez
Concierto de Aranjuez
Jim Hall (guitar)
Concierto (Sony 65132)
Composed by Joaquín Rodrigo.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 16 and 23, 1975
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
Jim Hall’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” unites three of the purest melodists in jazz in Baker, Desmond, and the guitarist himself. While sharing the lead, all choose to forgo extra frills and ornamentation to focus on what matters the most—conveying the magnificence of the pristine melody. Carter and Gadd introduce a delicate funk groove on which Hall and Hanna paint a sensuous and ethereal harmonic canvas. Given ample improvisational space, the soloists complement each other well, utilizing a “less-is-more” approach within their improvisations and creating many moments of subdued, passionate musical poetry. Moody and rich, this is one of the finest recordings in the CTI catalog.
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic