Interview: Jim Hall (Part 3) - JazzWax

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March 26, 2010


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I Witness

This Prince among Men and Gem of 'All Jazz Guitarists also happens to be one-half of the duo whose album cover photo might be the most misteriously haunting of all time; and that could only mean the damsel-in-water shot with its eerie Undercurrents--in the original black-and-white presentation a subject worthy of a Myers photo series exegesis. In ancient college days, the knowing would nod and say, "Just turn the cover upside down to see what's really happening." So was she floating... or diving? Someone must know.

David Evans

Monumental, indeed. Jim Hall is present in so many of my favorite recordings.

To me, The Bridge always sounds breathtakingly fresh, like it was recorded this morning. Musically and sonically open.

And, the RCA box set with Desmond is a treasure. I'm not surprised to learn that the musical chemistry reflects a real friendship. I've got to get that Warner Bros side.

Thank you, Marc, for another wonderful series.

Ian Carey

Thanks so much for this. In my mind he is and always will be The Man for melody, and is on so many of my desert island discs. (In addition to all the ones you mentioned, his quartet with Art Farmer is one of my favorite small groups of all time.)

Devra Hall Levy

You have brought to lights details from my father's life that I had not heard before -- proof positive that your skills as an interviewer are outstanding!
The link you provided to his ArtistShare website is vital to following dad's current explorations, but your readers might also enjoy the photos, discography listings and video clips on his other website
Thank you.
Devra Hall Levy

Rab Hines

Thank you for this series - I forgot how much I enjoy Mr. Hall and have been having pleasant hours of late re-listening.

Your blog is a gem, thank you.


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  • Marc Myers writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal and is author of "Anatomy of 55 More Songs," "Anatomy of a Song," "Rock Concert: An Oral History" and "Why Jazz Happened." Founded in 2007, JazzWax has won three Jazz Journalists Association awards.
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