Guitarist Jim Hall had a way with notes.
His improvisational style often involved taking a song apart and reassembling it in jagged pieces. He enjoyed the dissonances as much as the resolutions, and below it all was the most swinging, seductive rhythm. As an accompanist, Hall ran the tastiest lines and prettiest chord voicings.
Hall wasn’t a wailer. He was a sensitive poet, and his music was a huge inspiration for many jazz and rock guitarists, and still is.
To prove my point, here are six young guitarists on YouTube playing Jim Hall transcriptions.
Here’s Michael Shepherd playing Hall’s intro to I’ve Got You Under My Skin on his Intermodulation album with Bill Evans.
Here’s Jeffrey Matz playing Hall’s part on Bossa Antigua from Hall’s album of the same name with Paul Desmond.
Here’s David Rourke playing Hall’s part accompanying Sonny Rollins on If Ever I Would Leave You from Rollins’s album What’s New?
Here’s Chandler Taylor playing Hall’s part on Stella By Starlight from Hall’s album Jazz Guitar.
Here’s an anonymous guitarist playing Hall’s part on You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To from Hall’s album Concierto.
And here’s Liz DeYoe playing along with Hall on the Theme From Black Orpheus from Paul Desmond and Jim Hall’s album, Take Ten.