Jim Hall: My Funny Valentine


My Funny Valentine


Jim Hall (guitar)


These Rooms (Denon/Columbia 53536)

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Jim Hall (guitar),

Steve La Spina (bass), Joey Baron (drums)


Composed by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart


Recorded: New York, February 1988


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

This is an astounding attempt to use the duo concept from the Bill Evans/Jim Hall 1962 recording of "My Funny Valentine" and translate it into a trio version. If it doesn't quite match up to the earlier version, that is no criticism of the musicians involved, who are listening and responding as intently as Evans and Hall did 26 years earlier. Indeed, there is an incredible amount of interplay in this recording, and intriguing harmonic avenues are explored. But the medium tempo, while quicker than most versions of "Valentine," doesn't quite jell the way Evans/Hall's quick tempo did, and the necessary spark needed to re-create such a masterpiece is missing. Still, this is a solid performance that works well on its own terms.

Reviewer: Thomas Cunniffe

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