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.