Concierto Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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Jazz makes up a small % of that collection and though my taste in music is wide and varied, I'm not easily impressed when it comes to 'versions' of music, a track or song whose original is of the highest standard, Concierto De Aranjuez being a case in point.
But I have to say that when I heard the track Concierto de Aranjuez from Jim Hall's 'Concierto' album, (on Classic Jazz FM at two in the morning) not only did it wake me up (in the nicest of ways), but it totally blew me away, it truly is 'Beautiful'. The soloing by Chet Baker and Paul Desmond is of the highest calibre - with their placing an emphasis on less is more.
Also (like most people) I have to really like something these days before I part with my hard earned cash, but upon hearing that track alone - I knew I had to buy the CD.
Having done so, I can wholeheartedly recommend the whole CD to you.
This is the kind of album that can be played whilst enjoying a long luxurious bath, whilst chilling with friends, wine and good food, or in the wee small hours....etc etc Go On Treat Yourself!
It will definitely appeal to chill-out DJs and soundtrack fans.
Recorded in 1975 with Jim Hall, Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, Roland Hanna, Ron Carter and Steve Gadd.
This album dates from 1975 when he was in mid career (his earliest recordings are circa 1955 with Chico Hamilton) since he only passed on last December (2013) aged 83. I have many albums featuring him and this probably ranks as his finest, enhanced by the superb company: Paul Desmond (alto), Chet Baker (tpt) [despite being in declining health due to years of self abuse, he plays beautifully throughout], Sir Roland Hanna (p), Ron Carter (b) and finally, Steve Gadd (d). What a sextet!
Every track is a creation of beauty, the six musicians playing so mutually sensitively to produce one of the greatest jazz albums of all time. The tunes chosen are ballad tempo; very thoughtful and relaxing in the West Coast Cool tradition. Each musician should be well known enough to jazz aficionados that the sing their individual merits is unnecessary.
First Gil Evans and Miles Davis introduced Rodrigo's seminal composition "Concierto de Aranjuez" to jazz audiences (Sketches of Spain). Then the M.J.Q made a couple of recordings and finally Jim Hall. All versions have their merits, but perhaps this twenty minute version is probably the finest of them.
This is worth every single penny and i do not say that very often about albums. :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cool interpretation of Rodrigo guitar concerto by Jim Hall, Chet Baker and Paul Desmond all on top form. Even better than Miles' Sketches of Spain. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Hmmm.......yes. But some of it is a wee bit too close to easy listening for me, hence the deduction of one star. Read morePublished 5 months ago by martin jones
I purchased the second copy of this masterpiece a while back as I think I wore out the first one with so many plays!! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr PaulJ Kelleher