JIMMY GIUFFRE

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Reedist, composer and musical visionary Jimmy Giuffre's career spanned six decades and many styles. Best known as the creator of the "Four Brothers sound" for Woody Herman's big band and for his trio with guitarist Jim Hall and trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, he defied expectations as he explored everything from orchestral composition to his own brand of free jazz. Giuffre was often misunderstood: the scope of his talents makes it hard to place him in the jazz tradition without examining his entire body of work.

James Peter Giuffre was born on April 26, 1921, in Dallas, Texas, and he began his musical endeavors on the sopranino clarinet at age nine. During high school and college he played tenor sax in bands around Dallas, doubling on clarinet and tenor. In 1942 he received his bachelor's degree in music from the North Texas Teachers College. At Texas he was in the Stage Band and
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Four Classic Albums Plus: Jimmy Giuffre / Tangents in Jazz / The Jimmy Giuffre 3 / Historic Jazz Concert at Music InnFour Classic Albums Plus: Jimmy Giuffre / Tangents in Jazz / The Jimmy Giuffre 3 / Historic Jazz Concert at Music Inn
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1961 (w/Paul Bley & Steve Swallow) [2 CD]1961 (w/Paul Bley & Steve Swallow) [2 CD]
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Complete Studio RecordingsComplete Studio Recordings
Imports 2015
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New Forms In Jazz: Complete Capitol Recordings 1954-1955New Forms In Jazz: Complete Capitol Recordings 1954-1955
Fresh Sounds Spain 2006
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New York Concerts [2 CD]New York Concerts [2 CD]
Elemental Music 2014
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JIMMY GIUFFRE Discography

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JIMMY GIUFFRE Jimmy Giuffre (aka Four Brothers) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Giuffre (aka Four Brothers)
Cool Jazz 1954
JIMMY GIUFFRE Tangents in Jazz (aka World Of Jazz) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tangents in Jazz (aka World Of Jazz)
Cool Jazz 1955
JIMMY GIUFFRE The Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet
Cool Jazz 1956
JIMMY GIUFFRE The Jimmy Giuffre 3 (aka The Train and the River) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jimmy Giuffre 3 (aka The Train and the River)
Cool Jazz 1957
JIMMY GIUFFRE Trav'lin' Light album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trav'lin' Light
Cool Jazz 1958
JIMMY GIUFFRE Jimmy Giuffre Plays The Music Man album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Giuffre Plays The Music Man
Cool Jazz 1959
JIMMY GIUFFRE Seven Pieces album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Seven Pieces
Cool Jazz 1959
JIMMY GIUFFRE The Easy Way album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Easy Way
Cool Jazz 1959
JIMMY GIUFFRE The Four Brothers Sound album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Four Brothers Sound
Avant-Garde Jazz 1959
JIMMY GIUFFRE Ad Lib album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ad Lib
Cool Jazz 1960
JIMMY GIUFFRE Western Suite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Western Suite
Cool Jazz 1960
JIMMY GIUFFRE Piece For Clarinet and String Orchestra / Mobiles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piece For Clarinet and String Orchestra / Mobiles
Third Stream 1960
JIMMY GIUFFRE Jimmy Giuffre 3 - Fusion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Giuffre 3 - Fusion
Avant-Garde Jazz 1961
JIMMY GIUFFRE Jimmy Giuffre 3 - Thesis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Giuffre 3 - Thesis
Avant-Garde Jazz 1961
JIMMY GIUFFRE Free Fall album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Free Fall
Avant-Garde Jazz 1963
JIMMY GIUFFRE Music for People, Birds, Butterflies and Mosquitos (aka Night Dance) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music for People, Birds, Butterflies and Mosquitos (aka Night Dance)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1973
JIMMY GIUFFRE River Chant (aka The Train And The River) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
River Chant (aka The Train And The River)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1975
JIMMY GIUFFRE The Jimmy Giuffre 4 ‎: Dragonfly album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jimmy Giuffre 4 ‎: Dragonfly
Fusion 1983
JIMMY GIUFFRE The Jimmy Giuffre 4 ‎: Quasar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jimmy Giuffre 4 ‎: Quasar
Fusion 1985
JIMMY GIUFFRE The Jimmy Giuffre 4 ‎: Liquid Dancers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jimmy Giuffre 4 ‎: Liquid Dancers
Fusion 1991
JIMMY GIUFFRE Fly Away Little Bird (with Paul Bley, Steve Swallow) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fly Away Little Bird (with Paul Bley, Steve Swallow)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
JIMMY GIUFFRE River Station (with André Jaume / Joe McPhee) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
River Station (with André Jaume / Joe McPhee)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
JIMMY GIUFFRE Jimmy Giuffre / Paul Bley / Steve Swallow : Conversations With A Goose album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Jimmy Giuffre / Paul Bley / Steve Swallow : Conversations With A Goose
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
JIMMY GIUFFRE Talks & Plays album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Talks & Plays
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
JIMMY GIUFFRE Graz Live 1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Graz Live 1961
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019

JIMMY GIUFFRE EPs & splits

JIMMY GIUFFRE live albums

JIMMY GIUFFRE Historic Jazz Concert At Music Inn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Historic Jazz Concert At Music Inn
Cool Jazz 1956
JIMMY GIUFFRE In Person (aka Live In 1960) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Person (aka Live In 1960)
Cool Jazz 1960
JIMMY GIUFFRE IAI Festival album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
IAI Festival
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
JIMMY GIUFFRE Jimmy Giuffre Trios Live 1957-1958 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Giuffre Trios Live 1957-1958
Cool Jazz 1983
JIMMY GIUFFRE Jimmy Giuffre / André Jaume ‎: Eiffel (Live In Paris) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Giuffre / André Jaume ‎: Eiffel (Live In Paris)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1988
JIMMY GIUFFRE Hollywood & Newport 1957-1958 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hollywood & Newport 1957-1958
Cool Jazz 1989
JIMMY GIUFFRE Princess album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Princess
Cool Jazz 1990
JIMMY GIUFFRE Flight, Bremen 1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flight, Bremen 1961
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
JIMMY GIUFFRE Emphasis, Stuttgart 1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Emphasis, Stuttgart 1961
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
JIMMY GIUFFRE Jimmy Giuffre Trio  With Paul Bley & Steve Swallow ‎: 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Giuffre Trio With Paul Bley & Steve Swallow ‎: "Carla"
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
JIMMY GIUFFRE Momentum, Willisau 1988 (with André Jaume) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Momentum, Willisau 1988 (with André Jaume)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
JIMMY GIUFFRE Paris Jazz Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paris Jazz Concert
Cool Jazz 1999
JIMMY GIUFFRE Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 New York Concerts album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 New York Concerts
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
JIMMY GIUFFRE Graz Live 1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Graz Live 1961
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019

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JIMMY GIUFFRE re-issues & compilations

JIMMY GIUFFRE Tenors West (With the Marty Paich Octet) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tenors West (With the Marty Paich Octet)
Cool Jazz 1956
JIMMY GIUFFRE Mosquito Dance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mosquito Dance
Cool Jazz 1977
JIMMY GIUFFRE West Coast Scene (With Marty Paich Octet) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
West Coast Scene (With Marty Paich Octet)
Cool Jazz 1977
JIMMY GIUFFRE Jimmy Giuffre album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Giuffre
Cool Jazz 1988
JIMMY GIUFFRE 1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1961
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
JIMMY GIUFFRE The Complete 1946-1953 Small Group Sessions Volume 1 (1947-1952) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete 1946-1953 Small Group Sessions Volume 1 (1947-1952)
Cool Jazz 1995
JIMMY GIUFFRE The Complete 1946-1953 Small Group Sessions Volume 2 (1953) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete 1946-1953 Small Group Sessions Volume 2 (1953)
Cool Jazz 1995
JIMMY GIUFFRE The Complete 1946-1953 Small Group Sessions Volume 3 (1953) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete 1946-1953 Small Group Sessions Volume 3 (1953)
Cool Jazz 1995
JIMMY GIUFFRE Jimmy Giuffre with Jim Hall - Trio & Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Giuffre with Jim Hall - Trio & Quartet
Cool Jazz 1995
JIMMY GIUFFRE The Complete Capitol & Atlantic Recordings of Jimmy Giuffre album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Capitol & Atlantic Recordings of Jimmy Giuffre
Cool Jazz 1997
JIMMY GIUFFRE The Jimmy Giuffre 3 / The Music Man album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jimmy Giuffre 3 / The Music Man
Cool Jazz 1999
JIMMY GIUFFRE Trav'lin' Light / Merely Marvelous album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trav'lin' Light / Merely Marvelous
Cool Jazz 1999
JIMMY GIUFFRE Emphasis & Flight, 1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Emphasis & Flight, 1961
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
JIMMY GIUFFRE The Original Trio  (with Jim Hall) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Original Trio (with Jim Hall)
Cool Jazz 2003
JIMMY GIUFFRE Hollywood & Newport 1957-1958 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hollywood & Newport 1957-1958
Cool Jazz 2004
JIMMY GIUFFRE New Forms In Jazz: Complete Capitol Recordings 1954-1955 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New Forms In Jazz: Complete Capitol Recordings 1954-1955
Cool Jazz 2006
JIMMY GIUFFRE Complete Studio Recordings (with Jim Hall) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Studio Recordings (with Jim Hall)
Cool Jazz 2008
JIMMY GIUFFRE The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note
Fusion 2012
JIMMY GIUFFRE Jimmy Giuffre 3 : Bremen & Stuttgart 1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jimmy Giuffre 3 : Bremen & Stuttgart 1961
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016

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JIMMY GIUFFRE Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 New York Concerts

Live album · 2014 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Jazzarcheology during last years had become quite a popular and hot fans of one or another legendary artist really enjoy of this growing fashion.But to be honest big amount of attic issues hardly attracts more casual listener - as rule all the best recordings are already released and well known, and what comes now usually has more historical not musical value. Fortunately, there are some exemptions, "New York Concerts" are one of them

Reedist Jimmy Giuffre was criminally under-appreciated jazz musician who started like cool jazz sax player but from very early 60s switched towards his own unorthodox jazz avant-garde, free but chamber music influenced music very different from what came from Ornette Coleman,Albert Ayler or late-60s John Coltrane. Jimmy released three experimental albums in 1961, of which third "Free Fall" just initialized his broke-up with major label,Columbia. And after that Giuffre didn't release a single record tlll early 70s. Two mid 70s albums were still quite free but inconsistent, and he returned back in early 80s with strong band, playing fusion.His most interesting period of 70s stayed undocumented till now, fortunately this new double release fills this vacuum in full.

Double CD-set contains two Giuffre concerts,recorded same year but with different line-up. And the year is 1965, the year of "New Thing"!Both concerts are recorded in same place - Columbia University, but first set's CD contains later one,recorded in September. Giuffre plays as trio leader here,with drummer Joe Chambers and bassist Richard Davis.From very first seconds,everyone familiar with Jimmy's music will be surprised how free and how muscular the trio sounds here!Five originals and Ornette Coleman’s “Crossroads” all played very loose but still have that specific Giuffrean chamber feel.Sound is surprisingly clear and well balanced for such archival material.

Second CD contains quartet recordings coming from May concert. Here Barre Phillips changed Chambers on bass and pianist Don Friedman is added. More quirky and intense quartet sound is less chamber and sounds closer to what sounded around at that year, with Giuffre playing faster and in moments sharper solos.It works well on more energetic moments,but fails in some silent pauses, lasting for too long.

In all, this release is a holy grail for Jiuffre fans opening for listeners the curtain from almost decade of silence. For casual listener there are some great places, but some historically important concert evidences could sound as filler as well. Released as double CD, this set contains eighty-and-a few minutes of music,and such kind of package looks more as commercial trick.Well edited version,combining best moments from both concerts (most probably up to one hour long) would be a great gift for everyone interested in best early American avant-garde jazz.

JIMMY GIUFFRE The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note

Boxset / Compilation · 2012 · Fusion
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Reeds player Jimmy Giuffre is well known for his unique (drumless) cool jazz trio of the late 50s (with guitarist Jim Hall and bassist Ralph Pena)and also for his even more unusual relaxed and meditative avant-garde jazz trio of the early 60s (with pianist Paul Bley and bassist Steve Swallow). After a decade of silence, Jimmy returned in the mid 70s with a few albums, and then disappeared again.

His second return in the early 80s is less known (he recorded three albums for Italian Soul Note label) and would surprise almost every fan of his earlier recordings. On all three albums ("Dragonfly", "Quasar" and "Liquid Dancers") Giuffre's new quartet plays ... fusion! Featuring keyboardist Pete Levin (Rhoads, Moog, Oberheim, etc), bassist Bob Nieske and drummer Randy Kaye, besides Giuffre himself (on clarinet, tenor and soprano saxes, flute and bass flute), this quartet plays quite electric music and even energetic in moments. At the same time, as it was with Giuffre's cool jazz and avant-garde music, his fusion is different from what was typical: his hard-bop/cool jazz roots and aesthetics are still in effect, and his compositions vary from airy minimalist electric cool ballads, to almost new age meditative electronic aerial songs. All three albums weren't popular at the time of their release and are now almost forgotten rarities. So the CAM label did a great job here reissuing them all as one set. Even if Giuffre's fusion is far from sensational, I believe these three albums are pleasant and an interesting surprise for his fans.

There is a fourth album in this set - and even if it contains more predictable music, it is obviously the best part of the compilation. Reunited in the early 90s, Guiffre's avant-garde trio recorded "Conversations With A Goose" after a few years of regular concerts, so their communication here is telepathic. Different from the early 60s, Swallow plays electric bass here and Bley's piano is softer and more liquid than usual. But, even with some citations from their past, this music is free-cool jazz, Guiffre's style (no distortion, no overload), more mature than 35 years ago, but still fresh and not nostalgic at all! The only reason this fourth album is a part of the same set is that it was released on Italian Soul Note as well, but nearly a decade later.

All in all, this set is not Giuffre's best music, and not the most interesting of his releases, but if you already know and like his cool jazz and avant-garde works from the late 50s-early 60s, and are not familiar with his later (lesser known) music, probably you will be pleasantly surprised with what you'll find here.

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