Jim Hall & Pat Metheny

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Jim Hall & Pat Metheny
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 27, 1999 (1999-04-27)
RecordedJuly–August 1998
VenueManchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
StudioRight Track Studio, New York City
ProducerGil Goldstein, Steve Rodby, Pat Metheny
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Jim Hall & Pat Metheny is an album by jazz guitarists Jim Hall and Pat Metheny that was released by Telarc on April 27, 1999. The album contains eleven studio recording tracks and six live tracks.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz(favorable)[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars[3]

Rick Anderson, writing for AllMusic, said that Hall and Metheny "...are such a natural fit that it's amazing no one's thought of getting them together for a duo album before." He said the "...interplay is nothing short of astounding, and the five improvisational pieces...sometimes sound as organized as the standards." He said "...the complete lack of high frequencies in both guitarists' tones might leave you wondering if you've got water in your ear", but that it "really is a wonderful album."[1]

The All About Jazz review said that "what we hear...is certainly an affinity", and that the record is "...worthy of repeated listening". They praised the composition as well, saying that they "assume a deceptive melodic simplicity deepened in profundity by unconventional intervals or modulations that proceed unhurriedly as the sound washes over the listener."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Pat Metheny and Jim Hall except where noted.

1."Lookin' Up"HallStudio4:34
2."All the Things You Are"Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome KernLive6:58
3."The Birds and the Bees"Attila ZollerLive5:04
4."Improvisation, No. 1" Studio1:05
5."Falling Grace"Steve SwallowStudio4:39
6."Ballad Z"MethenyStudio4:33
7."Summertime"George Gershwin, DuBose HeywardLive5:35
8."Farmer's Trust"Metheny, MaysLive5:29
9."Cold Spring"HallLive6:29
10."Improvisation, No. 2" Studio1:11
11."Into the Dream"MethenyStudio3:05
12."Don't Forget"MethenyStudio4:46
13."Improvisation, No. 3" Studio3:22
14."Waiting to Dance"HallStudio4:38
15."Improvisation, No. 4" Studio2:37
16."Improvisation, No. 5" Studio2:08
17."All Across the City"HallLive7:34
  • Jim Hall is featured on the left channel, Pat Metheny to the right.



Year Chart Position
1999 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 2[4]


  1. ^ a b Anderson, Rick. Jim Hall & Pat Metheny: Jim Hall & Pat Metheny > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Jim Hall & Pat Metheny". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 631. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  4. ^ "Jim Hall & Pat Metheny - Jim Hall & Pat Metheny". Allmusic. Retrieved September 21, 2011.