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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

RIP Jim Hall (1930-2013)

The word is that one of the world's greatest jazz guitarists, Jim Hall, passed away in his sleep early this morning. I haven't had absolute confirmation but I think the source is reliable. How sad is this and how sudden?
Less than a fortnight ago Mike Papapavlou reported on the awesome experience of hearing Jim Hall in New York and now he's gone.
It was back in the 1960s when I heard Jim Hall as part of the Jimmy Giuffre Trio in a JATP package at Newcastle City Hall. Such a cool, laid back player. Years later, Roly Veitch introduced me to the Jim Hall/Paul Desmond sides and in between I'd heard Hall on Sonny Rollins' legendary LP The Bridge.
Guitar playing of the highest quality.
I'm hoping my information is wrong but, somehow, I know it isn't.
The jazz world and the guitar world has lost a giant.
Jim Hall was 83.
Sadly missed.

6 comments :

Liz said...

he was one of my late dad's favourites

Lance said...

And your brothers too I would guess!

Roly Veitch said...

This is such sad news and despite his advancing years a big shock as Jim was active and playing as well as ever till very recently. I'm one of the many, many jazz guitarists who absolutely love his playing. From his early recordings with Giuffre then Desmond it was clear here was someone rather different with a thoughtful style, an intent listener to those around him, a harmonic master and a lyrical soloist for whom a sense of form and the innate beauty in his work, seemed so natural. His subsequent career is well documented – the iconic album with Rollins, the sublime duo pairing with Bill Evans, the 'Alone Together' duo with bassist Ron Carter, and his work many other jazz legends. I particularly love his trio and quartet albums – 'All across the city' and 'Circles'.
Jim Hall influenced countless jazz guitarists some who have become icons in their own right yet somehow he remained very different, a totally unique player who graced everything in music he was involved with and who must surely be ranked not only among the all time greats of jazz guitar but more than that, one of the truly great jazz musicians across the entire history of the music.

John Forster (on f/b) said...

That's a great shame.one of the masters.

Jim Douglas said...

To my mind Jim Hall was the gentle giant of jazz guitar. His tone was quiet and soft and lulled you into the false belief that he wasn’t really doing very much until you tried to copy his runs, licks and chording. It was then you realised that this was no ordinary player and any complacency on your part was immediately replaced by feelings of inadequacy and awe. From his insistent rhythmic accompaniment with Jimmy Giuffre and Bob Brookmeyer, his exciting duets with Jimmy Raney and his superb album with the wonderful Carl Perkins on piano, to his tasteful solo performances, Hall has left an unequalled legacy of excellence. My particular favourite performances are his solo on “Deep in a Dream” on the aforementioned album and his playing throughout “In the Wee Small Hours” with Gerry Mulligan. I caught him once in London and came away spellbound and inspired in the same way I would have been if he had been Django Reinhardt or Charlie Christian. High praise indeed but totally deserved. The news of his death has shocked and saddened me immeasurably.
Jim Douglas

Lance said...

"Crazy He Calls Me" from the Giuffre Trio is the one that does it for me.

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