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   Power Of Three



Год издания : 1986

Компания звукозаписи : Prospekt, Capitol, (ru)

Музыкальный стиль : Mainstream Jazz, Post-Bop

Время звучания : 1:00:38

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Jazz (Piano - Bop)      

This is an all-star summit that works quite well. Pianist Michel Petrucciani, a major jazz musician who had already led 11 record dates by this time (despite still being only 23), teams up with guitarist Jim Hall at the 1986 Montreux Jazz Festival for two lyrical duets: the altered blues "Careful," in which they comp exquisitely behind each other's solos, and "In a Sentimental Mood." Petrucciani and Hall are joined by Wayne Shorter on soprano and tenor for "Limbo," "Morning Blues," and the calypso "Bimini," and these songs feature some of Shorter's finest jazz playing of the era.

- Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)

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Summer jazz festivals are, for the most part, mixtures of holiday fun, big business and art. A sort of musical bric-a-brac deftly packaged by creative off ices of tourism. Once in awhile they produce a pearl. The 20th International Jazz Festival of Montreux, last year, certainly offered fine entertainment ranging from a night of Brazilian music and a New Orleans-style parade, to fiery blues and rock and roll shows, and oh-so-smooth pop acts.

There was also some jazz-and much of the best of it happened on the Blue Note night.

Expectations for that evening had run high and with good reason. The program included a McCoy Tyner group featuring Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson and John Scofield; a solo set by Al DiMeola; and the debut of the Wayne Shorter Quartet. Still, few were quite prepared for the spellbinding opening set by Michel Petrucciani and Jim Hall and their guest Wayne Shorter.

They transformed the oversize basement of the Casino into a club sharing an evening of music of substance and fragile beauty and making the audiences witness to a remarkable dialogue. Months later many images remain: the powerful silence of 3,500 people; Petrucciani swaying, now and then his tongue curling over his upper lip like a schoolboy hard at work-yet taking time here and there to look at Hall and raise his eyebrows in a mischievous look; Jim Hall, in jacket and tie, half-sitting in a stool center stage looking professional and relaxed; and then Shorter, a step to Hall's left and slightly back, following the proceedings with both an intense look and a fixed half-smile.

Still, what makes for a successful performance at such large events often does not live as gracefully on record. That this set does both, and more, is a tribute to both the artists and the audience that night at Montreux.

In hindsight, the pairing of Petrucciani and Hall was not just appropriate, but, in many ways, inevitable.

At 23, Petrucciani has already established an impressive recording and performing career-an accomplishment made more remarkable by his physical handicap. He has also remained a romantic with a taste for lush voicings, high-drama soloing and bouts of introspection, while steadily refining and nurturing a rhythmic vigor and flair for melodic invention and forceful bass lines that contribute in setting him apart.

Jim Hall is one of the most influential guitarists alive, and his subtle swing and the intelligence and elegance of his approach have been showcased in many settings including the pianoless quartets of Sonny Rollins and Paul Desmond and sessions with another brilliant, lyrical pianist-the late Bill Evans.

Hall and Petrucciani had performed a duet concert in Paris the previous December. Later that same month the guitarist joined Michel's trio for a videotaping at the Village Vanguard. So a live recording of duets with Hall must have sounded like a very good idea to Petrucciani, comparison with Evans be damned. He was right.

The presence of Shorter in such a rich and intimate and acoustic setting, further added to the intrigue and promise.

The program opens with Shorter's "Limbo", a composition recorded twice in 1967 by the Miles Davis Quintet. It's a curious choice because the theme zigs and zags before turning inward and seemingly dissolving, barely sketching a framework for the improvisations. Yet the solos-Shorter playing with the urgency of a man exorcising the past; Hall shaping an arch form with off-handed control; Petrucciani tiptoeing along the theme before spinning long-driving lines-serve to underline their awareness and care for form, balance and contrast.

Next in the program is a stunning duet by Petrucciani and Hall, "Careful," a 16 bar-blues was first recorded in 1959 when Jim Hall was a member of the Jimmy Giuffre Trio. Colored by an ambiguous mood- at once urgent and flippant-and charged with a brittle, nervous energy, "Careful" elicits some of their best playing of the night: eloquent, incisive and unpredictable.

Jim Hall had performed his "Waltz New" with Michel's trio seven months earlier. But this duet performance inspires beautiful sound tapestries from both soloists.

"Beautiful Love" is a long neglected standard, which like "Waltz New" is only on the CD configuration of this album.

"Morning Blues," a ballad written by Petrucciani, features Shorter on soprano, and his biting tone and dry, unsentimental reading is contrasted by Hall's cozy sound and nostalgic mood. Petrucciani mirrors a bit of both approaches as his solo, well constructed and lyrical, also hints at an edge of controlled passion.

The classic "In A Sentimental Mood", is given an elegant, lucid treatment by Petrucciani and Hall. There are moments of rich interplay and well-designed solos, especially by Petrucciani who allows his to unfold at its own pace for a strong effect.

"Bimini," a sunny calypso a la Sonny Rollins, written by Hall for this date, is a fitting bookend. It shows again, three distinctive personalities playing as a unit from yet another angle. Anchored by Hall's percussive strumming and Petrucciani's bouncy bass line, Shorter builds his solo around punchy, short phrases, retaining a warm singing quality; Petrucciani sprinkles his playing with a sly humor and when Hall takes his turn he seems to challenge himself to create surprise and distill substance out of frugal choices. In doing so, and succeeding, Hall also summed up the entire set.

After all, greater strength is needed to suggest than to shout, to trust the other, leave just enough things unsaid while still quietly making even the ordinary special.

That's the power of these three.

-Fernando Gonzalez (November, 1986)


  Соисполнители :

Jim Hall (Guitar)
Wayne Shorter (Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone)


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   1 Limbo         0:08:07 Shorter
   2 Careful         0:06:58 Hall
   3 Morning Blues         0:08:25 Petrucciani
   4 Waltz New         0:05:45 Hall
   5 Beautiful Love         0:07:36 Gillespie / King / VanAlstyne / Young
   6 In A Sentimental Mood     T       0:12:37 Ellington / Kurtz / Mills
   7 Bimini         0:11:11 Hall

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