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The Quietly Revolutionary Guitar of Jim Hall

Remembering Jim Hall in The New Yorker‘s Culture Desk blog:

Jim Hall carved out a new place for the instrument, hybridizing the preexisting responsibilities of the soloist and the harmonic or rhythmic support. Though his style was influenced by the lush sounds of his favorite tenor saxophonists, he was not trying to imitate a horn player, nor was he consciously trying to take over for the piano. Rather, his guitar playing proved that an instrument’s role could be as improvisatory as the music itself, fluidly shifting definition to meet the creative demands of the moment.

Read the full article at newyorker.com.

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