Jim Hall & Ron Carter: Alone Together
Alone Together (Milestone 9045)
Recorded: The Playboy Club, New York, August 4, 1972
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
The very title to the song and CD -- "Alone Together" -- promises an intimate duet. And the two musicians in question, guitarist Jim Hall and bassist Ron Carter, are a perfect pairing. This is chamber jazz of the highest order. Carter takes the opening melody statement and spins it out with a lazy elegance. Hall follows with a tasty solo that moves from smart single note lines to succinct chords. Then he shifts into a four-to-the-bar accompaniment to Carter's melodic improvisation. There were many far more boisterous bands during this Age of Fusion, but Carter & Hall were one of the best match-ups of the era, and this recording captures them at top form.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia