Guitarist Jim Hall was only an occasional Concord artist. He recorded three solo albums for the label, plus a duo set with pianist George Shearing and two with bassist Ron Carter. This 1998 sampler CD has at least one selection from each of the sets. Long underrated but a major influence on later generations of guitarists, the harmonically advanced Hall is heard playing two numbers (including "Love Letters") in a trio with bassist Don Thompson and drummer Terry Clarke; performing "Street of Dreams" and "Emily" with Shearing and three selections (including "St. Thomas") with Carter; taking a pair of unaccompanied solos; and performing two originals in 1989 with a quartet that includes keyboardist Gil Goldstein. One could not ask more from a sampler than this overview, which should lead listeners to exploring more of Jim Hall's work.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow