Jim Hall: Concierto de Aranjuez


Concierto de Aranjuez


Jim Hall (guitar)


Concierto (Sony 65132)

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Jim Hall (guitar), Paul Desmond (alto sax), Chet Baker (trumpet), Sir Roland Hanna (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Steve Gadd (drums).

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

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  • 1 Prawda // May 22, 2008 at 09:05 AM
    This is my favorite piece of music of all time! I listen to it every day and I almost always discover a subtle new sound in the playing of these Jazz Legends. I hope you enjoy every second of this 19 minutes and 18 seconds of bliss. peace Prawda
  • 2 Alejandro // Dec 18, 2008 at 08:01 PM
    One of the most beatiful CD I ever heard. Hall is wonderful in this record. So expressive and high harmonies. Chet Baker cool also.
  • 3 João Paulo Fernandes Lopes // Feb 20, 2009 at 01:30 AM
    Now classical music can be alternative. It was very good to discover this piece of heart. Now listen to the version of Miles Davis. And back to the origins try the Paco de Lucia?s version. Fine piece of art as classical. Jim Hall & friends read it amazingly beautiful.