Jim Hall & Bill Frisell | Hemispheres

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After two years of hanging out, planning, playing, recording, free improvising, and re-interpreting selected standards, Jim Hall and Bill Frisell have completed this enriching, beautifully packaged double CD, suitably titled, Hemispheres.

In Disc 1, the in-and-out radio signal fades of Bill Frisell establish the tonal atmosphere of "Migration" — a 15-minute free improv in which Jim Hall's bluesy, hard-plucked conversation then changes into the free-ringing raga tones of Frisell. Contrastingly, the island-flavored "Bimini" lands us in a slightly different party place that's now filled with Frisell's wobbly sound waves and the scrubbed chords and single string runs of Hall.

In Disc 2 — with the addition of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Joey Baron — the guitarists' colourist and impressionistic sensibilities ("Chelsea Bridge" and "In A Sentimental Mood"); their deep love for country swing and the blues ("Sonnymoon for Two" and "Beijing Blues"); and their experimental ("Hear and Now") and essential melodicism ("I'll Remember April") make up a simple list of what these musicians have to offer.

Because everybody enjoys playing with each other, their music is relaxed, focused, and evocative.

Disc 1 was recorded on 8-track analogue tape; it's a warm sound combined with an atmospheric hiss that's part of recording on tape machines. In Disc 2, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Joey Baron recorded digitally with Hall and Frisell; everybody's in tune with everybody.

Hemispheres is another artistShare recording where fans are involved in the financing, design, and production of an artist's recording.

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by David Fujino January 2009

Disc 1
Throughout (Frisell)
All Across the City (Hall)
Bags Groove (Milt Jackson)
Migration (Hall/Frisell)
Family (Frisell)
Waiting to Dance (Hall)
Bimini (Hall)
Masters of War (Bob Dylan)
Beijing Blues (Hall/Frisell)
Monica Jane (Frisell)
Jim Hall — guitar
Bill Frisell — guitar
Recorded Brooklyn, NY, July to December, 2007
Disc 2
I'll Remember April (De Paul)
Barbaro (Hall/Frisell/Colley/Baron)
Chelsea Bridge (Strayhorn)
Owed to Freddie (Hall)
Beija Flor (Cavaquinho)
Hear and Now (Hall)
My Funny Valentine (Rodgers and Hart)
Card tricks (Hall/Frisell/Colley/Baron)
In A Sentimental Mood (Ellington)
Sonnymoon for Two (Rollins)
Jim Hall — guitar
Bill Frisell — guitar
Scott Colley — bass
Joey Baron — drums
Recorded New York, September 9, 2008
We welcome your comments and feedback
David Fujino
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