- Audio CD (Feb. 1 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Sony
- ASIN: B0012GMV76
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
Paul Desmond and Chet Baker are a match made in heaven, though I can't imagine two more different personalities collaborating on a musical project. Sir Roland Hanna's piano solo is exquisite, and Ron Carter's bass complements the piece perfectly.
Unlike one reviewer here, I find the sound quality quite good for something recorded in 1975. I would love to hear an audio DVD of this, but I guess that's too much to hope for.
I have to rate "Concierto" five star because of the wonderful music. The sound is good but, IMHO, it could be better (the vinyl is). I hope someone will reissue the CD using the latest remastering technology.
Bottom line...if you like any one of these great jazz virtuosos, you need this CD.
This album is the only place I know of where Hall and Desmond came together with Chet Baker. Jim Hall's guitar chops are awesome even when he is NOT in the forefront. Listen to the way he flatters other soloists, especially encouraging and supporting Baker on "Two's Blues". His sense of time and rhythm, his sense of how much he can come into another's space, his ear for what the others are doing is exquisite.
As an amateur guitarist, I have always wanted to sound like JH on this album. I tried backstage one day to get Mr. Hall to talk about it, to tell me how. He smiled and put his hand on my shoulder. "Just keep listening," he said. Jim, that's what I'm doing.