Although the rhythm section was more "modern" than he usually used (keyboardist Benny Aronov, bassist Malcolm Cecil, and Airto Moreira on drums and percussion), guitarist Jim Hall (who always had a harmonically advanced style anyway) has little difficulty adapting to the fresh setting. Highlights of the well-rounded CD reissue include Hall's "Simple Samba," "Baubles, Bangles and Beads," an unaccompanied "I Should Care," and Milton Nascimento's "Vera Cruz." ~ Scott Yanow,
Over 3 hours of music (3 CDs) enclosed in a beautiful 130+ page hard cover book. Previously unrelease material from the famed Bourbon St., Toronto 1975 gigs which were originally released on Horizon as Jim Hall Live!. Arguably one of the greatest Jazz guitar trio recordings ever made. Live! Vol. 2-4 features previously unreleased recordings from trio performances at Bourbon Street in Toronto, Canada. The recordings provide an additional 3 hours of music from the original Live! (Horizon) release. Featuring Don Thompson on bass and Terry Clarke on drums Live! Vol 2-4 was released as part of my latest Fan-Funded project.
The Osmonds seventh and eighth albums were originally released in 1974 and 1975 respectively. Both are combined on a single CD for this digitally remastered reissue. Among the hit tracks are the title singles - the No. 1 U.S. hit "Love Me for a Reason" and "I'm Still Gonna Need You" - as well as "Having a Party." This release also includes in-depth liner notes and pictures of many European single sleeves.
1976 Philly Album inc Stop and think it over’, ‘I’m So much in love with you’ and ‘Yes You Need Love’
Jim Hall has long exhibited a sense of adventure in his playing, which has intensified as his career has progressed. His duo meeting with Enrico Pieranunzi (a kindred spirit and one of the most in-demand jazz pianists in Europe) consists of original compositions and inventive duo improvisations (three of them are titled "Duologue" by number), which greatly contrast from one another, along with the extended improvisation "Our Valentines," which seems to briefly hint at "My Funny Valentine" as its inspiration. The compositions are as compelling as the improvisations. "Careful" is a tricky piece recorded many times by the guitarist over the decades; Pieranunzi takes immediately to the Hall's quirky blues. "Jimlogue" has the flavor of a 20th century composition for classical piano; one can easily imagine Hall composing it during his conservatory days, though it could just as easily be brand new at the time of these sessions. Jane Hall (the guitarist's wife) penned the beautiful ballad "Something Tells Me" for an earlier CD; this version proves to be even more spacious and lyrical than its initial recording. The pianist's songs include the tasty waltz "From E. to C.," the provocative "The Point at Issue," and the soothing finale, "Dreamlogue." Hopefully, this compelling first meeting between Jim Hall and Enrico Pieranunzi will inspire a follow-up recording date.Ken Dryden, allmusic.com
The slightly unusual date Two Jims and a Zoot features tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims interacting with two guitarists (Jimmy Raney and Jim Hall) while given subtle support by bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Osie Johnson. Although the eight selections (none of which caught on as standards) had all been written recently and sometimes display the influence of bossa nova, the quiet performances could pass for 1954 rather than 1964. The cool-toned improvisations and boppish playing have a timeless quality about them although for the time period aspects of this music already sounded a bit old-fashioned.