This is the first time that Jim Hall, Scott Colley, and Lewis Nash have played together, but their Magic Meeting has a sheer magnetism that draws them into an orbit that spins around some compelling musicianship. Time has not effaced the spell that Hall can conjure on the guitar, and he does his magic once again. Colley and Nash are as spellbinding on this live recording at the Village Vanguard.
Most of the tunes are excursions in calm. It is into this atmosphere that the trio brings textures that dye deep and resplendently. Out of that deliberate impact rises music that snares and envelops the senses.
Hall plays with gentle expression, his notes open and loquacious. Yet, in an instant, he can scurry and flatten a note to bring in neat tangents. He evokes pith and sensibility on "Body and Soul" as the music floats and falls softly. Nash adds the brushes stoking the gentility. And as the song is unveiled over eleven minutes, its evolution is shaped by Hall's emphatic chords, a melodically injected solo from Colley and a short shift in tempo that gives it a lilt that sits in compactly. One cannot help but be snappy and happy when getting into "St. Thomas," and the three do just that, swaying and undulating on the calypso tune with an interjection of "I've Been Working on the Railroad." The innate beauty and sparkle in this eloquent take on "Skylark" puts the stamp on not only the artistry of Hall but also the craftmanship of the band.
Track Listing: Bent Blue; Blackwell's Message; Skylark; Canto Neruda; Furnished Flats; Body and Soul; St. Thomas
Personnel: Jim Hall: guitar; Scott Colley: bass; Lewis Nash: drums.
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.