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Sideman Jim, Piano-less (1956-65)


Jim Hall as a sideman in (usually) small-groups in late 50s and early 60s sessions without a piano player. Not as much as a challenge as you'd think, because Hall recorded prolifically in this period and, after Chico Hamilton and others on the West Coast had him in groups as the chordal instrument, it became as highly sought-after a "sound" as his considerable musicianship.

I did make an exception for a track from a duet LP with Bill Evans, Undercurrent.

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Without A Song (Sonny Rollins); When Joanna Loved Me (Paul Desmond); Gongs East (Chico Hamilton); Deep in a Dream (Charlie Mariano); Arrowhead (Bob Brookmeyer); Tequila Time (Bud Shank); Coisa Mais Linda (Zoot Sims); What's New (Art Farmer); Darn that Dream (Bill Evans & Jim Hall); Two Kinds of Blue (Jimmy Giuffre); You Are Too Beautiful (Lee Konitz); Embarcadero (Paul Desmond); You Do Something To Me (Sonny Rollins); Days of Wine and Roses (Art Farmer); Trav'lin' Light (Jimmy Giuffre); Street Swingers (Bob Brookmeyer); In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning (Gerry Mulligan); and Deep in a Dream (Jim Hall).