Jim Corridor, Jazz Guitarist, Dies at eighty three

December 11th, 2013

Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Instances

Jim Corridor in New York in 2009. He stated he was impressed by the tenor saxophone’s lush sound.

Jim Corridor, a jazz guitarist who for more than 50 years was admired by critics, aficionados and particularly his fellow musicians for his impeccable strategy and the heat and subtlety of his taking part in, died on Tuesday at his property in Greenwich Village. He was 83.

The result in was heart failure, his spouse, Jane, said.

The list of important musicians with whom Mr. Corridor labored was enough to receive him a location in jazz historical past. It involves the pianist Bill Evans, with whom he recorded two acclaimed duet albums, and the singer Ella Fitzgerald, as properly as the saxophonists Sonny Rollins and Paul Desmond, the drummer Chico Hamilton and the bassist Ron Carter, his regular companion in a duo.

But with his distinct contact, his inviting audio and his finely created sense of melody, Mr. Hall manufactured it distinct early in his occupation that he was an essential musician in his very own appropriate.

He was an influential a single as well. Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell and John Scofield are among the many young guitarists who admit him as an inspiration. Mr. Hall, who never stopped getting open to new concepts and new problems, labored at numerous times with all three.

In his later on many years Mr. Hall composed a lot of parts for huge ensembles, drawing on equally his jazz roots and his classical training. Works like “Quartet Plus Four” for jazz quartet and string quartet, and “Peace Movement,” a concerto for guitar and orchestra, had been carried out internationally and commonly praised.

If the critics tended to use the same words and phrases more than and in excess of to explain Mr. Hall’s enjoying — sleek, understated, fluent — that was as considerably a tribute to his regularity as to his talent. As Nate Chinen wrote lately in The New York Occasions, Mr. Hall’s fashion, “with the austere grace of a Shaker chair,” has sounded “effortlessly contemporary at nearly each and every juncture” of his prolonged job.

James Stanley Corridor was born on Dec. four, 1930, in Buffalo to Stanley and the previous Louella Cowles, and invested most of his early many years in Cleveland. He began guitar at age ten and commenced playing skillfully in his teenagers.

Like most of his guitar-taking part in peers, he was motivated by the 1st two wonderful jazz guitar soloists: Charlie Christian, ideal known for his operate with Benny Goodman, and the Belgian Gypsy Django Reinhardt. But he derived as much inspiration from saxophone gamers as he did from other guitarists.

“Tenor saxophonists truly influenced the way I enjoy,” he instructed The Times in 1990. When he was developing his design, he discussed, “I’d consider and get that lush sound of a tenor saxophone.”

Even though researching audio theory at the Cleveland Institute of Audio, he played guitar on weekends “but wasn’t all that concerned in jazz,” he said in an job interview located on his internet site. His strategy was to turn into a composer and teach on the facet. But soon soon after he graduated in 1955 and began learning for a master’s degree at the institute, that plan modified. “I had to try out getting a guitarist or else it would difficulty me for the rest of my existence,” he mentioned.

Transferring to Los Angeles, where he researched classical guitar, he grew to become a constitution member of the Chico Hamilton Quintet, one of the very first and most profitable exemplars of the comfortable-spoken style recognized as great jazz. (Mr. Hamilton died last month.) He then worked with the clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Jimmy Giuffre, whose adventurous method to the two composition and improvisation experienced a lasting impact on Mr. Hall’s possess audio.

Mr. Corridor captivated additional attention in the early 1960s when Sonny Rollins, a main star returning to music following a long hiatus, selected him to be in his new quartet. The contrast amongst Mr. Rollins’s intense saxophone enjoying and Mr. Hall’s quieter approach aided make the launch of Mr. Rollins’s album “The Bridge” 1 of the most notable jazz activities of 1962.

After a minimal-profile but worthwhile tv stint in the “Merv Griffin Show” band in the mid-nineteen sixties, Mr. Corridor targeted on leading his possess groups, normally consisting just of guitar, bass and drums, and recorded as a chief for CTI, A&ampM, Harmony, Telarc and other labels. In the nineteen nineties he taught at the New School for Jazz and Modern day Music in New York.

In addition to his wife of 48 a long time, the previous Jane Yuckman, a psychoanalyst, Mr. Corridor is survived by his daughter, Devra Corridor Levy, who in latest years experienced been his supervisor.

Mr. Hall had again surgery in 2008 and other overall health troubles, but he carried out virtually until the finish, usually in the business of other guitarists. This summer he done with the 26-12 months-previous guitarist Julian Lage at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. His final look was on Nov. 23 at a Jazz at Lincoln Heart concert that also highlighted the guitarists John Abercrombie and Peter Bernstein.

For all the accolades he gained above the years — such as a Jazz Masters award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2004 — Mr. Corridor in no way took his mastery of the guitar for granted. “The instrument retains me humble,” he once instructed Guitar Player journal. “Sometimes I select it up and it appears to say, ‘No, you can’t engage in today.’ I hold at it anyway, however.”

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