Wednesday, May 5, 1999

Review - Jim Hall & Pat Metheny

Artist: Jim Hall and Pat Metheny

Posted on Wed, May 5, 1999 at 4:00 AM

"Falling Grace," a bittersweet Steve Swallow tune covered by Jim Hall and Pat Metheny, aptly describes the sound of these two musicians, who come off as natural-born duet partners on their eponymous debut.

Hall, 68, and Metheny, 44, arguably are the greatest jazz six-stringers of their respective generations, and this recording ought to thrill guitarheads as well as jazz hounds. The two seem most at home on the standards, diving into a lively cat-and-mouse game on "All the Things You Are" and tricking up "Summertime" with hard strumming and a modal feel. A series of five improvisations, interspersed throughout the disc's 17 tracks, add intriguing, experimental sonic sculptures. The most enchanting moments, though, are generated by their own compositions, including a lovely, flickering take on Metheny's "Farmer's Trust" and a treatment of Hall's "All Across the City" that brings out both of the pieces' melancholy. A perfect pair? Darn close.


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