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Jazz Guitar Master Jim Hall Dead at 83

Understated jazz guitar genius passes away quietly at home in Greenwich Village


Master jazz guitarist Jim Hall has passed away at the age of 83. One of the leading jazz players of the modern era, Hall went quietly in his sleep at home at his apartment in Greenwich Village, according to his wife.


The Buffalo New York native began his career in the 1950s, playing as a member of pianist Jimmy Giuffre‘s trio and Chico Hamilton‘s chamber jazz quartet. His playing at the time helped redefine the role of the guitar in jazz.


He began leading his own trio in the mid-1960s and remained active until recently, even appearing at Lincoln Center‘s Allen Room with fellow jazz guitarists John Abercrombie and Peter Bernstein last month.


Pat Metheny was one of the players who was profoundly influenced by Hall. In an email sent to the Associated Press, Metheny had this to say about Hall:


“Jim was one of the most important improvising guitarists in jazz history. His musical generosity was an exact reflection of his deep humanity.”


Over the years Hall recorded with some of the greatest legends in jazz including Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Gerry Mulligan, and even Ella Fitzgerald.


Check out this 1973 clip of the great Jim Hall in action with fellow jazz guitarist Attila Zoller.


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