Jim Hall, jazz guitarist, died at the age of 82. A fascinating musician, spanning more than five decades. Throughout this long evolution, his own guitar voice stayed remarkable. Cool and sometimes understated, but at the same time very imaginative. His collaborations ranged from working with Sonny Rollins to Pat Metheny. Even in his often introspective style, he was an inspiring voice, stimulating the dialogue between musicians without taking over. Music as co-communication…
Two fragments into Jim Hall-land – up in heaven: maybe; in our heart: surely.
Concierto De Aranjuez, from his album Concierto (1975), with a stellar line up:
Trumpet — Chet Baker
Alto Saxophone — Paul Desmond
Bass — Ron Carter
Drums — Steve Gadd
Guitar — Jim Hall
Piano — Roland Hanna
As a huge Miles Davis fan, I sometimes even prefer this version to Miles…
Another classic album from Jim Hall, Undercurrent, was recorded with Bill Evans on piano in 1963.
Here’s to you, Jim Hall…
Romain, from Undercurrent