Mark Stryker

Jim Hall R.I.P.

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NPR's A Blog Supreme‏ is reporting via Twitter that Jim Hall has died, according to his daughter Devra Hall Levy, who sent a notice to a jazz scholars list. I don't have independent confirmation but the source seems credible enough to post.

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Damn. He gave us a great deal. And such a unique player, too.

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NPR:

"The creative jazz guitarist Jim Hall died on Dec. 10, 2013. We remember Hall with a five-song introduction to his music by guitarist Rez Abbasi, originally published Dec. 1, 2009."

Jim Hall: Guitar As Miniature Orchestra

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RIP. One of my favourite guitarists who I was lucky enough to see a couple of times.

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RIP. One of my favourite guitarists who I was lucky enough to see a couple of times.

Lucky indeed, Bev. Was that in the UK?

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Yes. I saw him at Cheltenham and at Brecon (late 90s early 00s).

Edited by A Lark Ascending

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NPR's A Blog Supreme‏ is reporting via Twitter that Jim Hall has died, according to his daughter Devra Hall Levy, who sent a notice to a jazz scholars list. I don't have independent confirmation but the source seems credible enough to post.

Confirmations coming in from various sources.....RIP to this great musician and wonderful gentleman

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Very, very sad news.

A favourite ... if he'd died fifty years ago he'd already have been a giant. Amazing what albums he helped create in the fifties only ... and there was lots to follow after! Thank you for all the fine music.

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Ugh, very sad. What a tremendous career all the way to the end.

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I am very sad to hear this. I can't say enough about Hall's playing. From his work as a sideman on classics like The Bridge and Grand Encounter to his own classic albums like Concierto and Magic Meeting, he was such a tasteful, consistent and influential guitarist. Unfortunately, I never got to see him in person. Thank you for the music, Mr. Hall.

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I now cherish even more the times I got to see him.

Very sad. Was hoping the news was not true.

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I saw him a few times in person as well.

The last few years he looked frail but played well.

Glad I picked up that Artist Share set.

R.I.P.

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Damn - what an appalling few weeks for jazz fatalities. So sorry to hear this - he was one of those guys it was a real pleasure to see live as he seemed to really thrive on small-venue audience interaction/enthusiasm.

I think I caught that Cheltenham performance, Bev. Also caught him at Bath back in the 1990s with Scott Colley (the Georgian Pump Room I think - an appropriate venue for this most civil and elegant of jazz artists). I can remember him saying at that gig that he reckoned he was cut out to be 'a good old guy'. Couldn't agree more. RIP Mr Hall.

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This is a very sad news.
12 yars ago I had the honor and the pleasure to see him live at the VV.

RIP Mr. Hall.

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Many years ago, my buddy Rob talked me into to going and seeing Jim Hall during one of his annual treks to Boston. Previously to this, I was rather ambivalent about his playing. After that show, I never missed him again. He was a great performer and I'll miss him. He just came through town a month or so ago and looked very frail. It was still a great show. RIP Mr. Hall and thank you for all the smiles you gave me.

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Very sad news. I was fortunate enough to have seen him twice. His playing was a true pinnacle of taste, lyricism, and incisiveness. RIP and thanks for all the great music.

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damn RIP. Should spin Concierto later

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My first Jim Hall record and still a favourite:

Jim+Hall+-+Commitment+-+LP+RECORD-512256

Heard 'Lament for a Fallen Matador' (actually 'that' Albinoni piece) on the radio and was haunted. After hearing much more Hall I now think it's really a re-run of Concierto though still lovely - Art Farmer is beautiful.

I actually prefer Hall's take on the Rodrigo to the Miles/Evans' - just feel it does something very different to the original.

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When I saw the subject line, I thought there would be posts on a favorite recording or concert appearance. Unfortunately not. Damn.

Edited to say, at the time I posted this, the subject headline was simply "Jim Hall".

Edited by TedR

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Very sorry to hear this. A great musician.

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He played so well in so many contrasting contexts - with Hampton Hawes, Chico Hamilton, Art Farmer, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Evans, Paul Desmond - just to mention the 1955-62 period.

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He played so well in so many contrasting contexts - with Hampton Hawes, Chico Hamilton, Art Farmer, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Evans - just to mention the 1955-62 period.

And the great 1959, 1961 and 1963-1965 recordings with Paul Desmond on Warner Bros. and RCA, and his Pacific Jazz dates, Jazz Guitar and Good Friday Blues - The Modest Jazz Trio.

Edited by J.A.W.

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