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Hall continued performing right up until the end: he played at this year's Newport Jazz Festival in August with fellow guitarist Julian Lage. He didn't make a ton of records under his own name, but his ubiquity and range, in addition to his flexibility, long ago solidified his legacy. Aside from his clean sound and his melodic generosity, I always think of Hall's masterful accompaniment—playing the most gorgeous, spot-on chords behind a veritable who's who of strong-willed improvisers. He didn't need to impose his will, as others sought him out partly for his ability to listen and adapt—but he always made his mark. Still, nothing I could write can convey the beauty, empathy, and invention of his actual playing, so below are a handful of clips featuring some of his most important collaborators.
Mats Gustafsson/Paal Nilssen-Love/Mesele Asmamaw, Baro 101 (Terp)
Nate Young Regression, Vol. 3: Other Days (Rockatansky)
Benjamin Schweitzer, Kammermusik (Wergo)
Warren Zevon, Warren Zevon (Asylum/Rhino)
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Jama Ko (Out Here)