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Jim Hall

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Born: December 4, 1930; Buffalo, NY  
A sensitive, versatile guitarist equally gifted in solo, trio or larger combo settings, Jim Hall has been a dynamic jazz contributor since the '50s. His playing reflects the influences of Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian, and features blues-tinged solos, carefully crafted statements and a rich, full tone and sound. His harmonic and rhythmic subtlety, achieved without sacrificing swing or intensity, are legendary. Hall began his professional Read more career in Cleveland as a teen, then attended the Cleveland Institute of Music. After moving to Los Angeles and studying classical guitar with Vincente Gomez, Hall joined Chico Hamilton's quintet in the mid-'50s. He was in Jimmy Giuffre's Three from 1956 to 1959, and made his recording debut as a leader in 1957. Hall made several sessions for Pacific Jazz and Pausa in the '60s. He worked extensively in the late '50s and into the mid '60s, though he was also encountering severe problems with alcohol. There were sessions with Ben Webster, the masterpiece Undercurrents with Bill Evans, and a stint with Ella Fitzgerald in 1960 and 1961. Hall recorded several frequently with Paul Desmond, and worked with Lee Konitz, Sonny Rollins, and Art Farmer. He played in the studio band for The Merv Griffin Show, worked with Evans again and made some excellent duo records with Ron Carter. Hall has divided his time in the '70s,'80s and '90s between leading groups and doing sessions. He recorded for CTI, Milestone, Horizon, Artists House and A&M (Japan) in the '70s, then mostly for Concord in the '80s. He's recorded for MusicMasters in the '90s. Mosaic issued a comprehensive boxed set of his recordings with Desmond in 1987. His early Pacific Jazz recordings, and much of his work with Rollins has been reissued on CD, as have some of the CTI, Fantasy and Milestone dates. The Concord and MusicMasters sessions remain in print. ~ Ron Wynn and David Nelson McCarthy Read less

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