Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
Fri December 13, 2013
On the Next ATJ: Remembering Jim Hall, the Melodic and Influential Guitarist Who Reigned for Decades
Join us for the next presentation of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm on Saturday the 14th here on Public Radio 89.5-1. As ever, we'll offer two hours of modern jazz, both recent and classic --- absolutely top-shelf improvised music, we assure you, from start to finish and across a range of styles. (Likewise as ever, we'll air a Sunday-night re-broadcast of ATJ at 7pm on the 15th, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)
Also, each week, our show carries a theme in its second hour, and this time around, that 11pm-till-midnight theme will be The Music of Jim Hall.
The guitar whiz died earlier this week; he'd just turned 83. As was noted of Hall's music-making in his New York Times obituary: "If the critics tended to use the same words over and over to describe Mr. Hall's playing --- graceful, understated, fluent --- that was as much a tribute to his consistency as to his talent. As Nate Chinen wrote recently in The New York Times, Mr. Hall's style, 'with the austere grace of a Shaker chair,' has sounded 'effortlessly modern at almost every juncture' of his long career."
Indeed, it's quite commonly held among jazz buffs that Jim Hall --- ever elegant and engaging, always tuneful and tasteful --- pretty much began his run as a professional musician at or near the top...and stayed there. For half a century.
We'll hear him, then, as both a leader and a sideman, on recordings made in the Fifties, Sixties, Seventies, Eighties, and beyond.
Hope you can tune in. It's all about the music; it's All This Jazz.