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Pat Metheny Remembers Jim Hall

12.4.30 – 12.10.13

Jim Hall

Jim Hall had a special place in my life on a whole bunch of levels. I first met Jim when I was 15 years old. He later described me as a “runaway” from Kansas City when recalling our first encounter back in 1970. In fact, I was in New York for the very first time visiting my friend and early mentor Attila Zoller-with my parents’ wary but knowing approval. It was my first trip anywhere, basically, and it was exciting beyond description. Attila and Jim were close friends, and it happened that the week I was there, Jim was playing a duo engagement with Ron Carter at a little club on 10th Avenue called the Guitar.

Although at that point I was familiar with Jim through a few of his records-Undercurrentwith Bill Evans and “Live” at the Half Note with Art Farmer were my two favorites-seeing him live night after night was a whole other thing, and unbelievably inspiring.

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