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Jim Hall, born in Buffalo, and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract national, and then international, attention in the late 1950s. By 1960 Jim had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer, among others. His live and recorded collaborations with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, and Ron Carter, are legendary. Not only is Jim Hall one of the jazz world's favorite guitarists, but he has also earned critical acclaim for his skills as a composer and arranger. The first formal recognition came in 1997, when Jim won the New York Jazz Critics Circle Award for Best Jazz Composer/Arranger

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Perfection: Paul Desmond, Any Other Time (1964)

Perfection: Paul Desmond, Any Other Time (1964)

Alto saxophonist Paul Desmond recorded six albums for RCA backed by guitarist Jim Hall between 1962 and 1965. One of the finest was Glad to Be Unhappy, recorded between July 1964 and early September. And on that album, the most exquisite track was Desmond's own composition “Any Other Time," recorded on August 20, 1964, with Eugene ...


Article: Live Review

Ron Carter and Russell Malone at the Museum of Modern Art

Read "Ron Carter and Russell Malone at the Museum of Modern Art" reviewed by Paul Reynolds

Ron Carter and Russell Malone Museum of Modern Art New York, NYMay 28, 2024 “This is really something. I thought maybe 15 people would show up," Ron Carter said in modest surprise as he scanned the massive crowd that packed the sculpture garden at the Museum of Modern Art--and even spilled ...


Article: Album Review

The Louis Stewart Trio: Louis The First

Read "Louis The First" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Long before Irish guitarist Louis Stewart released his debut album, the punningly titled Louis The First, none other than Joe Pass was singing his praises. Pass was not the only one; Ronnie Scott, who hosted many of the great jazz guitarists in his famous London venue, considered Stewart to be one of the best. Stewart was ...


Article: Live Review

Tony Miceli Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café

Read "Tony Miceli Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Tony Miceli Quintet Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA April 5, 2024 Vibraphonist Tony Miceli has a way of drawing talent around him like a magnet. Of course, it's because of his exceptional musicianship, but he also has a knack for creating interesting situations for playing. This time, he ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Melissa Aldana, Spike Wilner & Miles Davis

Read "Melissa Aldana, Spike Wilner & Miles Davis" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We begin the 849th episode of Neon Jazz with Miles Davis to commemorate the book 3 Shades of Blue by James Kaplan. The book examines the phenomena of the iconic Kind of Blue album. From there, we hear Bill Evans and Jim Hall with music from Undercurrent (1962). We get a good dose of new tunes ...


Article: Album Review

The Jimmy Giuffre 3: Music for People, Birds, Butterflies & Mosquitoes

Read "Music for People, Birds, Butterflies & Mosquitoes" reviewed by Joshua Weiner

Has any musician who is not a pianist explored the trio as a basis for musical invention as thoroughly as Jimmy Giuffre? There have been many versions of the Jimmy Giuffre 3, from the initial 1950s unit with Jim Hall on guitar and either Ralph Peña on bass or Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, through the ...


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Pianist Michael Wolff Guests with Bassist Leon Lee Dorsey and Drummer Mike Clark on Evocative Tribute Album, 'Letter to Bill Evans'

Pianist Michael Wolff Guests with Bassist Leon Lee Dorsey and Drummer Mike Clark on Evocative Tribute Album, 'Letter to Bill Evans'

For their seventh outing together as a close-knit, collaborative rhythm tandem, bassist Leon Lee Dorsey and drummer Mike Clark tapped pianist Michael Wolff as third man in their ongoing trio adventures. Wolff, who had previously appeared with Dorsey and Clark on 2020’s Play Sgt. Pepper, was indeed the perfect choice to complete the triumvirate on this ...


Article: Album Review

Lee Meehan: Some Of Us Are Looking At The Stars

Read "Some Of Us Are Looking At The Stars" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Guitarist Lee Meehan has been a key player in Dublin blues and soul bands since the early 2000s. The blues proved to be a handy apprenticeship for the jazz degree Meehan would later pursue, graduating from Dublin City University in 2019. And it is to jazz that Meehan turns on his debut album as leader, a ...


Article: Club Profile

606 Club In London

Read "606 Club In London" reviewed by Sammy Stein

The 606 Club in Chelsea has long been a Mecca for jazz fans who enjoy tasty food and great music. Entered by descending steep steps from the busy, bustling streets in one of London's busiest areas, 606 feels like a secret world where cozy tables, attentive staff, and superb music can be found in abundance. Owner ...


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