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