Jim Hall & Pat Metheny
Jim Hall & Pat Metheny
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One of the Best!
This is one of my all-time favorite albums. Jim and Pat just play off each other so well. It's also a great mix between originals and standards. I am so glad iTunes finally got this one up.
I love both of these guys, but........
I'm a jazz guitarist and huge fan of both Pat Metheny and Jim Hall. Pat has made no secret of the fact that Jim was one of his greatest influences. Hearing that the two were going to make an album together, in a cross-generational summit, was something that I had to hear. I was very moved by the sort of father and son concept of it all. Of course, both guys play great, as you'd expect. As a listening experience, you find that the two are both utilizing a very similar, dark, introspective tone....the 1970's signature Jim Hall tone. This bothers me because the combined texture is pretty muddy and without great definition. For my taste, they blur far too much into each other. Don't get me wrong, I get the tone, I've always dug it when Jim used it, but who is to say that it was a good concept to have two guitarist on a duet album doing a clone-tone? For me, it seems a bit too much like Pat paying homage to his hero and not really being true to himself, using the much more transparent sound that we historically associate with him (sans chorus and delay, please). Had Pat been more true to his sonic identity, I feel that the album would have been a much better listening experience. With all that said, on a playing level, it won't disappoint. As a guitarist, myself, it's fascinating to hear how two guitarists play off each other. It's an album that will stay in my collection as a jazz guitar duet reference. In my opinion, this is not a first, second, or third purchase for either of these men. Hey, did I mention that I absolutely worship the ground that these guys walk on?
Born: December 4, 1930 in Buffalo, NY
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s
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