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This Giant Steps collection of recordings made by the Jimmy Giuffre 3 is a stellar if incomplete collection of 19 tunes recorded by Giuffre, trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, and guitarist Jim Hall. They span the year 1957, beginning with cuts issued on the self-titled album cut for Atlantic in January of that year, and end with tracks from Western Suite issued in 1958. Included here are also two different versions of the classic "Four Brothers" composition, one that features Giuffre solo and is overdubbed (quite unique at the time), and another performed by the trio. Also included here as a bonus are a pair of live recordings including live performances of "The Train and the River" (Giuffre performs on clarinet, tenor, and baritone saxophones) and "Pony Express," the former of which was used in the film Jazz on a Summer's Day. This certainly is nowhere near a complete collection — though one exists on Gambit — but it is a fine-sounding, well-priced anthology.


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, and improvisational freedom in surprisingly avant-garde ways, despite maintaining a cool, cerebral exterior. Born in Dallas in 1921, Giuffre...
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The Swamp People, Jimmy Giuffre Trio
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Blues
  • Released: 16 February 2009

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