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On this day in jazz (July 02)

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On this day in 1990, Charlie Haden and Jim Hall were recorded live in concert at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The set list is quite impressive including Thelonious Monk's "Bemsha Swing", Ornette Coleman's "Turnaround", the standard "Body and Soul", Hoagy Carmichael & Johnny Mercer's "Skylark" and four originals by the two men. Also note that the entire concert is a series of duets.

Pat Metheny, who considers both Charlie and Jim to be two of his musical heroes, said that the album is "a recording for the ages." I agree. Thom Jurek provides an excellent review of the album at Here are the salient parts of that review:

Given their respective careers up to this point, both men had nearly perfected the artistry of playing in this particular chamber jazz setting. That all said, it does not prepare the listener for the canny, intimate, yet absolutely electric interplay on offer here. From readings of standards such as "Bemsha Swing," "Body and Soul," and Skylark" through to Ornette Coleman's "Turnaround" and excellent originals by both men -- including Haden's bookends, the tenderly dissonant "First Song" and the knotty "In the Moment," and Hall's sprightly melodic Latin waltz "Down from Antigua" and his fingerpopping "Big Man Blues" -- this music is an adventure top to bottom. It unfolds gradually and cannily over 76 minutes. Ethan Iverson's liner essay is spirited, insightful, and illuminating to boot. This set is not only impossible to criticize, but adds an immeasurable depth to the catalogs of both artists.

Here's Charlie and Jim with "Bemsha Swing":

Track listing:


  1. Bemsha Swing (Thelonious Monk/Denzil Best)
  2. First Song (Charlie Haden)
  3. Turnaround (Ornette Coleman)
  4. Body & Soul (John Green/Edward Heyman/Robert Sour)
  5. Down From Antigua (Jim Hall)
  6. Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer)
  7. Big Blues (Hall)
  8. In The Moment (Haden)


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