Jim Hall: Big Blues


Big Blues


Jim Hall (guitar)


All Across the City (Concord Jazz: CCD-4384)

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Jim Hall (guitar),

Gil Goldstein (piano), Steve LaSpina (bass), Terry Clarke (drums)


Composed by Jim Hall


Recorded: New York, May 1989


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

On this dark-toned blues dedicated to Stanley Turrentine, Hall displays his advanced harmonic sense and lyricism in the delicate, clean lines of his solo. What he said of Turrentine applies to him: "He doesn't overplay, and he has a particularly effective way of placing notes." Hall is all about texture and shading, never flashy. Influenced greatly by both Jimmy Giuffre and Bill Evans, he in turn has rightfully influenced many guitarists who in turn have inspired him. Goldstein and LaSpina also improvise exceptionally well on this track from one of Hall's best and most diverse recordings.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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