Jim Hall, one of the all-time greats of the jazz guitar and by all accounts a delightful human being, died aged 83 on 10 December.
Scott Yanow, in his 2013 book The Great Jazz Guitarists, wrote of him:
“A member of some of the top groups of the 1955-64 period (including the Chico Hamilton Quintet, the Jimmy Giuffre 3, the quartets led by Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer) where his harmonically advanced lines were a major asset, Hall has continued to be a modern guitarist despite the passage of nearly a half-century since then. Cited as an influence by Pat Metheny, John Scofield and Bill Frisell (all of whom he has recorded with), Hall continues to follow his own singular path with great creativity and subtle but always unpredictable playing that rarely fails to surprise.”
Here he is in 1992 on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, playing Subsequently and then a sublime rendition of Hoagy’s Skylark: