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  • Personnel: Jim Hall (guitar); Don Sebesky (conductor); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Chet Baker (trumpet); Roland Hanna (piano); Ron Carter (bass); Steve Gadd (drums).
  • Producer: Creed Taylor.
  • Reissue producer: Didier C. Deutsch.
  • Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on April 16 & 23, 1975. Includes liner notes by Steve Futterman.
  • Digitally remastered by Tom Ruff (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
  • Includes four bonus tracks and an expanded booklet.
  • Personnel: Jim Hall (guitar); Don Sebesky (conductor); Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Chet Baker (trumpet); Roland Hanna (piano); Ron Carter (bass); Steve Gadd (drums).
  • Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on April 16 & 23, 1975. Includes liner notes by Steve Futterman.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered using GAIN 2 technology.
  • Guitarist Jim Hall is the sort of musician who displays such technical expertise, imaginative conception, and elegance of line and phrase that almost any recording of his is worth hearing. Still, Concierto ranks among the best albums of his superb catalog. For starters, the personnel here is a jazz lover's dream come true. Paul Desmond (saxophone), Chet Baker (trumpet), Roland Hanna (piano), Ron Carter (bass), and Steve Gadd (drums) are on board, creating -- along with Hall -- one of the highest profile lineups ever put to tape. Yet Concierto is not about star power and showboating. As subtle, nuanced, and considered as any of Hall's output, the ensemble playing here demonstrates great group sensitivity and interplay, giving precedence to mood and atmosphere over powerhouse soloing. Conductor and arranger Don Sebesky evinces a chamber ambience from the sextet on "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," the smoky "The Answer Is Yes," and the Hall centerpiece "Concierto de Aranjuez." ~ Anthony Tognazzini
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (12/97, p.94) - 5 stars (out of 5) - "This is a landmark recording....CONCIERTO has a timeless quality, a blend of beautiful melodic playing and bravado that speaks from the first comfortable, swinging notes..."

Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.125) - "...A blue-chip, all-star blow..."
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