Rifftides reader Mel Narunsky wrote concerning the posting about the Paul Desmond-Jim Hall Irish album that didn’t get made:
Here’s one wonderful “holiday” record that did get made:
Good Friday Blues by the Modest Jazz Trio (Jim Hall, Red Mitchell and Red Kelly) back in 1960. If anyone finds a copy of this, pounce on it. I wish I still had mine.
Mr. Narunsky’s message prompted a quest by the Rifftides research staff. They discovered, to their surprise and delight, that the classic album by two Reds and a Jim has been reissued, disguised under the title of another rare session. Drummer Chico Hamilton recorded Blues on the Rocks with Hall and bassist George Duvivier in 1956. Good Friday Blues and Blues on the Rocks are on one CD; engaging early work by the guitarist and four equally distinguished colleagues. Pounce, indeed. It’s hard to know how long this gem will remain in print.