Jim Hall & Pat Metheny is an album by jazz guitarists Jim Hall and Pat Metheny that was released by Telarc on April 27, 1999. The album contains eleven studio recording tracks and six live tracks are such a natural fit that it's amazing no one's thought of getting them together for a duo album before interplay is nothing short of astounding, and the five improvisational pieces.
Both play with a gentle touch and sweet tone, and both are capable of challenging experimentation, though each have spent most of their time in one mainstream tradition or another (Jim Hall in straight-ahead jazz, Pat Metheny in jazz-rock fusion). On this disc they focus on original compositions (Metheny's "Farmer's Trust" and "Into the Dream," Hall's "Cold Spring" and "Waiting to Dance"), but there are also tunes by Jerome Kern and Steve Swallow as well as the inevitable rendition of "Summertime.
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Arranged By – Jim Hall (tracks: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 to 11, 13 to 17), Pat Metheny (tracks: 1 to 5, 7, 8, 10 to 16). Artwork – Anilda Carrasquillo. Electric Guitar – Jim Hall. Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Pat Metheny. Mastered By – Ted Jensen. Photography By – Deborah Feingold. Producer – Gil Goldstein, Pat Metheny, Steve Rodby. Recorded By, Mixed By – Jay Newland. Written-By – Jim Hall (tracks: 1, 4, 9, 10, 13 to 17), Pat Metheny (tracks: 4, 6, 8, 10, 11 to 13, 15, 16). Notes.
The feel that Hall & Metheny create in "all the things" is that of almost a classical style piece, their impressive technical lines, interwoven with chromatic passages and "outside" playing during the arrangement feel almost effortless, and the way that both "fill" the sound with lower note passages to compensate for the lack of bass in the piece rounds out this chilled, yet technically. The second improv piece leads to " Into The Dream ", a Metheny composition that is among the highlights of the album. With Pat 's reverbed "out there" sound of his 42 string, with smatterings of bodywork rhythmic bashing, counter Hall 's traditional 6 string approach, although again, this isn't a case of the young gun outdoing the vanguard that is Jim Hall, not at all, the approach that Jim takes to the piece creates a great dissonance to the overall feel that lends.
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Jim Hall & Pat Metheny, 1999. All the Things You Are, 06:59. The Birds and the Bees, 05:08. Improvisation No. 1, 01:05. Falling Grace, 04:40.