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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 23 | volume IV | October-November, 2001



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 23October-November, 2001
Sound Reviews

Interview with Jim Hall

I’m Overjoyed When Young Musicians “Dump” Me to the Future!

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Ljupčo Jolevski

Jim Hall

    Jim Hall is one of the most significant and most beloved guitarists in the modern jazz. He was born on 4 December 1930 in Buffalo, the USA. He has built his style of guitar playing under the influence of the legendary Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt. During his whole career, which is longer than five decades, with every new album and concert tour he has discovered new aspects of his musical genius. He has won several times in the categories for best jazz musician as selected by the audience and the critics of the distinguished music magazines Downbeat and Jazz Times. In 1996 he won the New York Jazz Critic Award for a Best Composer and Arranger, and next year he won the most prestigious European award, the Danish Jazzpar Prize. Besides the recent preoccupation with orchestra and choir compositions, Jim Hall still remains active as a performer, collaborating and recording with various bands. Besides working with his own trio, he also enjoys the challenge of playing with the old masters such as Kenny Barron, Slide Hampton or Ron Carter, but also with the modern jazz stars such as Pat Matheny, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell or Greg Osby. His music style is recognizable not so much because of some typical rive or motif, but because of its approach, sound and feeling. The real lovers of jazz in the country could indeed see it for themselves in the most beautiful way.

* Mr. Holl, at the moment when you decided to perform at the Skopje Jazz Festival, did you know you were coming to a crisis area? Did you have any knowledge about our country, our culture?
    – I only knew that Macedonia was in the Balkans, that there have been things going on here in the last decade that have been shaking the world and that was all. With Greg Osby, the saxophone player with whom I have been performing lately, we asked about the circumstances in your country and when the manager who organized our concert tours in Europe, an Austrian, told us that the degree of risk should not be the reason for postponing the tour, we had no doubt at all. In the end, we have been performing in Belfast for years, we have been to Israel, and you saw what happened to the World Trade Center. I live near it, only a few blocks away from the place

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