by Willard Manus
CARTER AND HALL MAKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC TOGETHER
TELEPATHY, the new Concord CD, combines the work of guitarist Jim Hall
and bassist Ron Carter on two previous CDs from the early 80s, Live At
Village West and Telephone. Both of these concert performances were
highly praised by both critics and public alike, if only because Hall and
Carter, who were the only musicians involved, do such virtuosic work
Hall, one of the leading guitarists in jazz history, was an original member
of the Chico Hamilton Quintet (1955-56) and has also recorded with such
greats as Jimmy Guiffre, Art Farmer and Pat Metheny. On Telepathy it's
easy to see why he is held in such high esteem; his warm, limpid style
of playing, with every note articulated precisely and lovingly, is uniquely
his. That he can also handle melody in such a lilting way and explore
a tune's chords and harmonics with the same deft improvisational touch,
make him the formidable musician he is.
Carter, a much-sought-after
bassist (he can be heard on more than a
hundred albums), is Hall's equal in every respect. Like Hall, he plays
in elegant, classy fashion, with a technique that allows him full command
of his instrument. Both men were made to play with each other. The soul-mate
nature of their relationship is fully explored on the aptly-titled TELEPATHY.
With 18 cuts to stretch out on, each musician not only blends with the
other, but spurs him on. Split pretty much between classic tunes (such
as "Stardust," " Indian Summer" & "Bags Groove")
and originals ("Chorale and Dance," "Candlelight,"
"Telephone"), this is the kind of CD one can listen to again
and again, hearing new things each time.