Guitarist Jim Hall is the embodiment of what makes jazz special. First of all, there's something so absolutely honest about his music. If you need proof that Hall is the greatest living jazz guitarist, ask Pat Metheny. Or Bill Frisell. Or John Scofield. They will tell you that Jim Hall is their guy. I suspect musicians admire Jim for many of the reasons that we do. Chiefly, Hall's asset is his ability to listen to the other band members. Just imagine all those Jim Hall duets with Bill Evans, Ron Carter, or any number of guitarists, not to mention his ensemble playing with Sonny Rollins... "Down From Antigua" is one of Jim Hall's trademark compositions. As many times as I've heard this tune, it still sounds fresh.
WBGO recorded the Jim Hall Trio at The Jazz Forum, February 5, 1983.
Jim Hall, guitar
Harvie Swartz - bass
Ben Riley - drums
Django Reinhardt, everyone's favorite gypsy jazz guitarist, would have celebrated a birthday today. Check him out in this French/Italian film, La Route du bonheur (or Saluti baci e), a year before he died.
Or, if you prefer the cartoon Django from The Triplets of Belleville...
The Frenchmen all prefer what they call "le jazz hot." Formidable!