Half Notes: Bill Evans and Jim Hall – Intermodulation (1966)

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by Mark Saleski

Firstly, credit must be tossed in the direction of my former guitar teacher. Jerry Adams turned me on to piles of great jazz (and loaned me actual LPs). Jerry’s favorite guitarist was Jim Hall. I’m not sure I’d use the word “obsessive,” though Jerry did relate a story about how he got tickets to attend a taping of the Merv Griffin show because Hall was in Griffin’s band. Now that is dedication! Evans/Hall: a pure delight. Both musicians swap lead/comping roles in such a subtle way that you might almost forget two different instruments are being played. Clocking in at a short (by today’s standards) 32 minutes, the program is comprised of standards by Gershwin, Cole Porter, more modern fare (Joe Zawinul’s “Angel Face”) and originals by both Hall (“All Across The City”) and Evans (a sublime “Turn Out The Stars”). A highly recommended recording. If it leaves you wanting more, there’s a second CD called Undercurrent.

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