Jim Hall

Article by P. Mancini

Jim Hall became a professional musician at the age of thirteen. He is one of the most innovative guitarists of jazz, using effects that we didnít see in pop music till the late sixties. He caught the attention of the critics early in the fifties when he played with bands like the Chico Hamilton Quartet, Jimmy Giuffre Three and Paul Desmond. In the mid sixties he worked for the Merv Griffin show for three years and then retuned to his first love of jazz working with bassist Ron Carter as well as appearing at the Monterey jazz festival. His most recent works include a duo with Pat Metheney released in 1999. One of my personal favorites is Jim Hall- Concierto recorded in 1975 and released on the CTI label, which includes an all-star cast of Paul Desmond, Chet Baker, Ron Carter, Steve Gadd and Roland Hanna.

Photo: Jim Hall (left) and Paul Desmond