Jim Hall / Geoffrey Keezer: Free Association (2006)
Strings take first bow as Keezer plucks their resonance on "End the Beguine, the motifs floating airily and inveigling their way between the juicy notes Hall brings to the fore. Then the pianist moves over to the keys, delivering a rush of notes that sparkle and strong chords that cast emphasis, the shift and mould of the two players giving focus and shape to their path. Empathy and intuition are the elements that get into "Free Association. The mood is subdued, the colours cool, the texture soft, wrapping the listener comfortably in its fold. There is magnetism even in delicacy.
Hall and Keezer lead "A Merry Chase through the blues with upbeat energy. Hall slips into corners, probes, and comes up with little nuggets of invention. Keezer takes the melody on a romp, the blues glistening and rippling. And when they end it all with earthy dialogue, they leave an indelible impact. The innate sense of understanding between Hall and Keezer quite simply touches the soul.
This CD is available from Jim Hall on the web.
Track Listing: End the Beguine; Bibo No Aozoa; A Merry Chase; Free Association; Furnished Flats (live); Counter Transference; Ouagadoudou; October Song.
Personnel: Jim Hall: guitars; Geoffrey Keezer: piano.
Record Label: Artist Share