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Jim Hall

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: December 4, 1930 | Died: December 10, 2013    

Jim Hall

Jim Hall, born in Buffalo, and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract national, and then international, attention in the late 1950s. By 1960 Jim had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer, among others. His live and recorded collaborations with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, and Ron Carter, are legendary.

Not only is Jim Hall one of the jazz world's favorite guitarists, but he has also earned critical acclaim for his skills as a composer and arranger. The first formal recognition came in 1997, when Jim won the New York Jazz Critics Circle Award for Best Jazz Composer/Arranger. His pieces for string, brass, and vocal ensembles can be heard on his “Textures” and “By Arrangement” recordings. His original composition, “Quartet Plus Four,” a piece for jazz quartet augmented by the Zapolski string quartet, was debuted in Denmark during the concert and ceremony where he was awarded the coveted Jazzpar Prize, and later released on CD....
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    Live Vol. 2-4

    Telarc
    2012
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    The Jim Hall Quartet: Live at Birdland

    ArtistShare
    2012
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    Concierto

    CTI Masterworks
    2011
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    Conversations

    ArtistShare
    2010
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    Hemispheres

    ArtistShare
    2009
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    Hemispheres

    ArtistShare
    2008
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    Free Association

    ArtistShare
    2006
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Mr. Hall has a technique equivalent to that of any classical guitar soloist and an electronics kit that could out-tech any rock 'n' roller, but his music is strictly jazz. — Will Friedwald, The New York Sun

...Hall and his colleagues - bassist Scott Colley and drummer Lewis Nash - have developed a level of rapport second to none...The superb interplay made it hard to believe this music was being created on the spot, without the benefit of a written score... the three openly exchanged ideas in one poetic dialogue after another... — Chuck Obuchowski, The Hartford Courant

”His intensely intimate music gets under your skin rather than grabbing you by the lapels....Mr...

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