Jim Hall: Two's Blues


Two's Blues


Jim Hall (guitar)


Concierto (Sony 65132)

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Jim Hall (guitar), Chet Baker (trumpet), Ron Carter (bass), Steve Gadd (drums).

Composed by Jim Hall


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 16 & 23, 1975


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Jim Hall's "Two's Blues" is an excellent display of the guitarist's improvisational abilities and his rhythm section's talent for complementing a soloist. Hall and bassist Ron Carter open the tune with an upbeat unison melody. They are soon joined by a cool-sounding Chet Baker, who carries the head into a solo section. As Baker plays an exceptional solo, he is matched in energy and eventually pushed further by the hard-swinging Carter and Steve Gadd. Hall's solo is punctuated perfectly by Gadd's innovative comping, which leaves the listener on edge until the close of Hall's final chorus. The only track on this release that features these four as a quartet, "Two's Blues" is one of the album's most exciting performances.

Reviewer: Greg Marchand

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