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Giuffre, Jimmy

The Atlantic And Verve Collection [4 CD BOX SET]

Giuffre, Jimmy : The Atlantic And Verve Collection [4 CD BOX SET] (Enlightenment)

Containing eight complete albums originally released between 1956 and 1960 on Atlantic and Verve Records, this box set serves as an excellent introduction to Texas/West Coast and New York-based American jazz clarinettist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jimmy Giuiffre, presenting his work in more traditional, albeit uniquely creative, jazz settings.
 

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UPC: 823564033662

Label: Enlightenment
Catalog ID: EN4CD9191
Squidco Product Code: 29744

Format: 4 CDs + Book Box Set
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Box Set - 4 CDs in jewel trays w/ book
Recorded between 1956 and 1959.


Personnel:

Jimmy Giuffre-clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

Bud Shrank-alto flute

Buddy Collette-alto clarinet, flute

Harry Klee-bass clarinet, bass flute

Harry Edison-trumpet

Shorty Rogers-trumpet

Jack Sheldon-trumpet

Bob Cooper-tenor saxophone, oboe

Dave Pell-tenor saxophone, English horn

Marty Berman-baritone saxophone, bassoon

Jimmy Rowles-piano, celeste

Ralph Pena-bass

Stan Levey-drums

Shelly Mannie-drums

Jim Hall-guitar

Art Farmer-trumpet

Bernie Glow-trumpet

Phil Sunken-trumpet

Joe Wilder-trumpet

Al Cohn-tenor saxophone

Eddie Wasserman-tenor saxophone

Sol Schlinger-baritone saxophone

Wendell Marshell-bass

Ed Shaughnessy-drums

Bob Brookmeyer-valve trombone, piano

Jim Rowles-piano

Red Mitchell-bass

Lawrence Marable-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"James Peter "Jimmy" Giuffre; April 26, 1921 April 24, 2008) was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger. He is notable for his development of forms of jazz which allowed for free interplay between the musicians, anticipating forms of free improvisation.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Giuffre was a graduate of Dallas Technical High School and North Texas State Teachers College (University of North Texas College of Music). He first became known as an arranger for Woody Herman's big band, for which he wrote "Four Brothers" (1947). He would continue to write creative, unusual arrangements throughout his career. He was a central figure in West Coast jazz and cool jazz. He became a member of Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars in 1951 as a full-time All Star along with Shorty Rogers and Shelly Manne. The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California became the focal point of West Coast jazz in the 1952/1953 time period. It was during this time when he collaborated with Rogers on many of the successful charts written for the All Stars. The first recording released by the Lighthouse All Stars was a not so West Coast jazz chart named "Big Boy" which he and Rogers had put together. It was an instant hit in Los Angeles. He left the band in September 1953 and became a member of Shorty Rogers and His Giants before going solo. At this point in his career, Giuffre predominantly played tenor and baritone saxophone.

His first trio consisted of Giuffre, guitarist Jim Hall and double bassist Ralph Pea (later replaced by Jim Atlas). They had a minor hit in 1957 when Giuffre's "The Train and the River" was featured on the television special The Sound of Jazz. This trio explored what Giuffre dubbed "blues-based folk jazz". This same special matched Giuffre with fellow clarinetist Pee Wee Russell for a leisurely jam session simply titled "Blues". When Atlas left the trio, Giuffre replaced him with valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer. This unusual instrumentation was partly inspired by Aaron Copland. The group can be seen performing "The Train and the River" in the film Jazz on a Summer's Day filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. In 1959, Giuffre led a trio featuring Hall and bassist Buddy Clark on a concert in Rome, Italy, sharing the bill with Gerry Mulligan's band.

In 1961, Giuffre formed a new trio with piano player Paul Bley and Steve Swallow on double bass, and also began to focus his attention largely on the clarinet. This group received little attention while active, but were later cited by some critics, fans and musicians as among the most important groups in jazz history. They explored free jazz not in the loud, aggressive mode of Albert Ayler or Archie Shepp, but with a hushed, quiet focus more resembling chamber music. The trio's explorations of melody, harmony and rhythm are still as striking and radical as any in jazz. Thom Jurek has written that this trio's recordings are "one of the most essential documents regarding the other side of early-'60s jazz." Giuffre, Bley and Swallow eventually explored wholly improvised music, several years ahead of the free improvisation boom in Europe. Jurek writes that Free Fall, their final record, "was such radical music, no one, literally no one, was ready for it and the group disbanded shortly thereafter on a night when they made only 35 cents apiece for a set." In the early 1970s, Giuffre formed a new trio with bassist Kiyoshi Tokunaga and drummer Randy Kaye. Giuffre added instruments including bass flute and soprano saxophone to his arsenal. A later group included Pete Levin playing synthesizer and replaced Tokunaga with electric bassist Bob Nieske. This group recorded three albums for the Italian Soul Note label.

During the 1970s, Giuffre was hired by New York University to head its jazz ensemble, and to teach private lessons in saxophone and music composition. Into the 1990s, Giuffre continued teaching and performing. He recorded with Joe McPhee, and revived the trio with Bley and Swallow (though Swallow had switched to bass guitar, giving the group a different sound). Through the mid-1990s Giuffre taught at the New England Conservatory of Music. He suffered from Parkinson's Disease and in his last years he no longer performed. Giuffre died of pneumonia in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on April 24, 2008, two days short of his 87th birthday."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Giuffre)
7/28/2021

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track listing:


CD1



1. So Low 2:50

2. Deep Purple 4:38

3. The Side Pipers 5:08

4. My Funny Valentine 5:04

5. Quiet Cook 4:18

6. The Sheepherder 5:24

7. Fascinatin' Rhythm 4:05

8. Down Home 5:42

9. Gotta Dance 2:35

10. Two Kinds Of Blues 5:17

11. The Song Is You 3:59

12. Crazy She Calls Me 4:20

13. Voodoo 2:56

14. My All 4:14

15. That's The Way It Is 3:51

16. Crawdad Suite 7:14

17. The Train And The River 3:38

CD2



1. Iowa Stubborn 4:01

2. Goodnight My Someone 2:47

3. Seventy-Six Trombones 3:06

4. Marian The Librarian 2:45

5. My White Knight 3:33

6. The Wells Fargo Wagon 4:05

7. It's You 3:36

8. Shipoopi 2:52

9. Lida Rose (Will I Ever Tell You) 3:31

10. Gary Indiana 2:58

11. Till There Was You 3:30

12. Trav'lin' Light 4:26

13. The Swamp People 5:36

14. The Green Country (New England Mood) 3:07

15. 42nd Street 6:18

16. Pickin' 'Em Up And Layin' 'Em Down 5:45

17. The Lonely Time 3:56

18. Show Me The Way To Go Home 4:41

19. California Here I Come 2:45

CD3



1. Four Brothers 3:26

2. Ode to Switzerland 4:45

3. Blues in the Barn 4:45

4. Space 3:32

5. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues 3:25

6. Come Rain or Come Shine 2:09

7. Memphis in June 3:34

8. Cabin in the Sky 2:55

9. Ol' Folks 2:24

10. Western Suite: Pony Express 5:57

11. Western Suite: Apaches 4:18

12. Western Suite: Saturday Night Dance 2:57

13. Western Suite: Big Pow Wow 4:29

14. Topsy 11:28

15. Blue Monk 8:18

CD4



1. I Got Those Blues 9:04

2. I'm Old Fashioned 8:37

3. I Hear Red 8:19

4. The Boy Next Door 7:33

5. Stella By Starlight 8:54

6. Happy Man 7:23

7. LovelyWillow 4:21

8. Song Of The Wind 5:55

9. The Story 7:29

10. The Little Melody 7:07

11. Time Machine 4:43
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"American jazz clarinettist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jimmy Giuiffre remains most notable for his development of forms of jazz which allowed for free interplay between the musicians, anticipating forms of free improvisation. Born in Dallas, Texas, in 1921, the son of Joseph Francis Giuffre (an Italian immigrant from Palermo Province, Sicily) and Everet McDaniel Giuffre, young Jimmy was a graduate of Dallas Technical High School and North Texas State Teachers College (University of North Texas College of Music). He first became known as an arranger for Woody Herman's big band, for which he wrote 'Four Brothers' (1947). He would continue to write creative, unusual arrangements throughout his career. This collection features the earlier records of Jimmy Giufrre which were the forerunners of his later more radical and avant-garde work. Containing eight complete albums originally released between 1956 and 1960, this extraordinary collection works as both a fine introduction to this most underrated of jazz masters, and a welcome reminder of how Giuffre's music moves like perhaps nobody else's from the same period."-Enlightenment

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