Jim Hall: All The Things You Are
All The Things You Are
Jim Hall (guitar)
Dedications and Inspirations (Telarc CD-83365)
Jim Hall (guitar).
Composed by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II.
Recorded: New York, October 23-24, 1993
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
At first alone with his guitar, then with himself through re-recording, Jim Hall fashions a refreshingly thoughtful version of this timeless standard. He begins almost on tiptoe, as on a single string, then introduces the harmony, and once he's completed the first 32 bars launches a counterpoint that soon becomes a solo. This could almost be a music lesson, but with such a master it never sounds scholarly. On the contrary, the apparent simplicity of Hall's radiant touch and joyous strumming makes this performance sound more like a lesson in life.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum