The amazing Jim Hall died in 2013 at age 83. Nine months later, his good friend, Dale Bruning, called upon some of his friends to join him in a tribute concert to Jim at Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver, Colorado. With Dale are Bill Frisell, Ron Miles, Mark Patterson, Mark Simon, and Paul Romaine. From the four shows over two sold-out nights at Dazzle, we selected 14 songs for this 2-disc CD. Dale chose songs which became closely associated with Jim, such as the adagio movement from Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto, Sonny Rollins’ St. Thomas, Jim’s own songs Careful, All Across the City, and Big Blues. Four remarkable shows produced this remarkable CD.
REVIEW: JAZZ JOURNAL OF ENGLAND by BRUCE CROWTHER
February 10, 2015
Dale Bruning Thanks For The Memory . . . Jim Hall (Jazz Link Enterprises JLECD 1214)
This wonderfully melodic double album was recorded live at Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver over two evenings in September 2014. These concerts brought together guitarists Dale Bruning and Bill Frisell, long ago teacher and pupil, to pay tribute to their mutual friend and fellow guitar master, Jim Hall, who died in December 2013. Drawing music from the Great American Songbook as well as some well-known pieces from Spain and Brazil and Jim Hall’s own pen, Dale and Bill are supremely lyrical and inventive as they expand upon lovely melodies. The other four members of Dale’s sextet on this occasion are Ron Miles (cornet), Mark Patterson (trombone), Mark Simon (bass) and Paul Romaine (drums). All these musicians play with admirable skill and ingenuity, their solos displaying empathy with the composers of the music, the arranger (Dale), and – not at all surprisingly for musicians of this caliber – with one another.The repertoire presented here includes Cole Porter’s You’d Be So Nice To Come Home ToMy Funny Valentine , Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s andWith A Song in My HeartSt. Thomas, Sonny Rollins’ , a gorgeous Body And SoulConcierto; a long and always engaging performance of Joaquin Rodrigo’s ; two very different versions of Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin’s Thanks For The MemoryAll Across The City, one by the sextet, the other by only cornet and trombone backed by Dale’s guitar; and three Jim Hall originals, , CarefulBig Blues and . These two CDs are filled with musical delights that will bring pleasure to those who love music from the melodic mainstream of jazz and especially to jazz guitar enthusiasts who will aspire to and admire the skill of these masters of their art.
There is much more of Dale Bruning’s music reviewed elsewhere on this site; take a look at Jazz Guitar – Music & Words in October 2012 and Jazz CD Reviews in October 2013. More information, including booking details, can be seen at Jazz Link Enterprises, which is also where this CD can be bought. There is also an article on Dale Bruning in the August 2014 issue of Jazz Journal.