Jim Hall: Bon Ami
Jim Hall (guitar)
Dialogues (TelArc20 CD-83369)
Scott Colley (bass), Andy Watson (drums).
Composed by Jim Hall.
Recorded: New York, February 1995
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Guitarist extraordinaire Jim Hall's harmonically challenging composition "Bon Ami" effectively elicits Joe Lovano's softer side. Navigating the changes effortlessly, the tenorman blows with extreme restraint while never losing the requisite depth of feeling. Hall solos with equal aplomb. The interaction of the two is slightly reminiscent of Hall's duo recordings with Sonny Rollins in years past. Hall's use of understated lines and soft chordal comping is without peer. Hall and Lovano together make an enjoyable pairing that brings out the fluidity and sensitive lyricism of both artists.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello