Spotlight: Thomas Dahl

While many younger archtop-wielding young jazz guitarists seem to have stopped listening to jazz after Wes Montgomery, another breed springs off Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, John Abercrombie, and John Scofield, who themselves were greatly influenced by Jim Hall. Thomas Dahl falls in the later group, one distinguished by flowing legato lines, deep attention to sound, and a willingness to draw from all music and beyond. His latest outing with Skydive Trio contains all those touchstones in a set of soaring melodic instrumental improvisation, but Dahl does everything from backing singers to pushing the envelope of Avant-noise, as this interview and the accompanying videos reveal.

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