Originally published in Earshot Jazz June 2017
Originally from Spokane, trumpeter Jared Hall completed a Masters in Jazz Studies at Indiana University under David Baker and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance at the University of Miami under Brian Lynch. Lynch endorsed his student by co-producing Hallways, Hall's first recording as a leader.
The recording's nine original compositions reveal harmonic precision taught by Baker, while Hall's trumpet chops echo the crisp, even tone of Lynch. Hall employs a pleasant palette of sounds, blended smoothly, balanced by sharp intellect and refined craft. Ably accompanying Hall are saxophonist Troy Roberts, pianist Tal Cohen, pianist Martin Bejerano, bassist Josh Allen, and drummer Kyle Swan.
The program includes some odd meters - "Wanderer" in 11, "Allure" switches from straight 4 to a triplet feel in 15. Hall nods to tradition with a new melody to "Just Friends" called "Love, Laugh, and Cry." The penultimate track is a blues titled "Tones for Jones." "Brother Spiro" captures Hall's most joyous swinging while "Visions and Dreams" sounds like the most organic writing from Hall's pen. The band floats comfortably across barlines, clearly agreeing on the downbeat without obvious emphasis. Seattle is lucky to have a well schooled talent like Jared Hall on the scene.
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