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Jim Hall: Jazz Impressions of Japan

Track List

>Kyoto Bells
>Without Words
>Young One, For Debra
>Two Special People
>Something for Now

Album Notes

Personnel: Jim Hall (electric guitar); Don Thompson Quartet (piano); Terry Clarke (drums).

Recording information: 11/01/1976.

Recorded a few days after his 1976 Live in Tokyo LP, Jim Hall is once again joined by bassist Don Thompson and drummer Terry Clarke for a studio session which sticks strictly to original compositions. "Light," credited to all three musicians, is a very intricate bop line which demonstrates how well they interact with one another. Hall revisits two older works, the always creative blues "Careful" (easily his best-known song), and the mellow waltz "Young One, for Debra," written for his daughter, which features the guitarist in a duo with Thompson on piano. Thompson wrote the pretty ballad "Two Special People" and remains on piano for this duet with the leader. The final track, "Something for Now," is a typically soft-spoken but very lyrical Hall composition played as a solo. Unfortunately, this record has never been issued outside of Japan and has yet to appear on CD. Though it may be somewhat expensive when located, this Jim Hall LP is well-worth the investment. ~ Ken Dryden


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