~ This package, like all issues in the Hall Leonard "Signature Licks" series, contains informative introduction to the history, equipment, and style of Jim Hall, transcriptions of solos and heads, detailed analysis of each transcription (all by Adam Perlmutter), and a CD by an in-house quartet (which does not include Jim Hall) that demonstrates the transcriptions.
~ The 80-page book/CD package contains the songs listed below. Since jazz artists often record and re-records some tunes, I have listed the CD that contains the original Jim Hall version upon which the transcription was based. I have also added notes that hopefully will be helpful to people thinking about purchasing this book/CD combo.
* All Of A Sudden My Heart Sings ..... Intro & solo ..... CD: Hallmarks (Concord, 2006)
* Angel Eyes ..... Intro, head & 1 chorus solo ..... CD: Live (A&M, 1976)
* Autumn Leaves ..... Head & 3 chorus solo ..... CD: Alone Together (w. Ron Carter, Milestones, 1972)
* Big Blues ..... Intro, head, 6 chorus solo, interlude ..... CD: Big Blues (Concord, 1989)
* My Man's Gone Now ..... 2 solos ..... CD: Intermodulation (w. Bill Evans; Verve, 1966)
* Prelude To A Kiss ..... Head, solo, outro ..... CD: Ballade Essentials (Concord, 200)
* St. Thomas ..... Head, 7 chorus solo ..... CD: Alone Together (w. Ron Carter, Milestones 1972)
* Scrapple From The Apple ..... Intro, head, 2 chorus solo ..... CD: Live (A&M, 1976)
* Tangerine ..... Head, 2 chorus solo ..... CD: Jazz Guitar - Jim Hall Trio (Pacific Jazz, 1957)
* Things Ain't What They Used To Be ..... Head, 3 chorus solo ..... CD: Jazz Guitar - Jim Hall Trio (Pacific Jazz, 1957)
* Without A Song ..... Head, 1 chorus solo ..... CD: The Bridge (by Sonny Rollins; RCA 1962)
* You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To ..... Head, 1st solo of 2 choruses, 2nd solo of 1 chorus ..... CD: Concierto (CTI, 1975)
~ The transcriptions provided in regular musical notation as well as tab notation appear to be accurate and provide considerable insight into Jim Hall's chord voicing as well his single-note line development.
~ Highly recommended to any intermediate or advanced guitarist who wants to gain insight into the improvisational melodic and chordal style of one of the most sophisticated guitarists to every play jazz.