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March 24, 2010

Jim Hall Interview + Hide and Seek

Here’s a video of Jim Hall playing his composition Hide and Seek and talking about his influences.

He started playing when he was 9 (I wish I started playing at that age, could have been quiet a difference…), and heard Charlie Christian on the radio when he was 13, an event that changed his life.  Another major influence at that time was Django Reinhardt, but then he started listening more to piano and sax players such as Lester Young, Ben Webster, Art Tatum and Bill Evans.  Listening to those players totally changed his guitar playing style…

Related: Jim Hall Lick, Jim Hall’s Guitar Gear

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