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Album Review

Jimmy Giuffre wrote seven distinctly different pieces for this Verve LP, with guitarist Jim Hall and bassist Red Mitchell joining him. Giuffre switches off between clarinet, tenor sax, and baritone sax between pieces, all of which are spacious while never venturing so far out as to lose the listener's attention. "Happy Man" gives the appearance of being an upbeat blues, but Giuffre's free-ranging approach to exploring its theme extends far beyond that artificial boundary; his lyrical clarinet trades off with the soft playing of his session partners. Long out of print, any fan of Jimmy Giuffre's unique blend of cool jazz should snap up this record without hesitation the moment it is found.


Born: 26 April 1921 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Controversial, misunderstood, and underappreciated, Jimmy Giuffre was an unlikely candidate to break as much ground as he did in the art of free improvisation. A swing orchestra veteran, Giuffre made his name as part of the West Coast school of cool jazz, but his restless creative spirit drove him to push the boundaries of texture, dynamic shading, counterpoint,...
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Seven Pieces, Jimmy Giuffre 3
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  • 4,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: 1959

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