Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jimmy Giuffre 3 - Hollywood & Newport (1957-1958)

This Fresh Sound CD compiles three separate broadcasts by the Jimmy Giuffre 3. The first three songs come from a 1957 appearance on the Stars of Jazz television show, featuring guitarist Jim Hall and bassist Ralph Peña. Giuffre plays baritone sax in his slippery "Gotta Dance," switching to tenor sax for a blistering take of "Four Brothers" and clarinet for his subtle yet spacious "Two Kind of Blues." Valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer had taken Pena's place in the group by the time of the trio's return to the program the following year, which resulted in a great deal more freedom, as there was less emphasis on a pure timekeeping role for any one musician. The resulting interplay between the three men is consistently amazing. "Pony Express (Western Suite)" starts with a bit of a loping theme, though it quickly moves into a spacy setting that challenges the listener to predict its direction. The last five tracks come from a set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, with a slight drop in sound quality, likely due to flaws within the source material. Giuffre once again alternates between all of his instruments, with Brookmeyer moving over to piano for his one original, "Waltz." But "The Train and the River," one of the best-known pieces associated with the Jimmy Giuffre 3, is easily the most exciting performance within this compilation.
Ken Dryden

Source :

Jimmy Giuffre
Hollywood & Newport


1 Gotta Dance (Giuffre)  2:19
2 Four Brothers (Giuffre)  2:40
3 Two Kind of Blues (Giuffre)  4:46
4 Pony Express (Western Suite) (Giuffre)  5:27
5 Down Home (Giuffre)  5:34
6 The Lonely Time (Giuffre)  3:19
7 That's the Way It Is (Giuffre)  5:31
8 Waltz (Brookmeyer)  3:42
9 Pony Express (Western Suite) (Giuffre)  4:40
10 The Train and the River (Giuffre)  4:46


[# 1-3]
Jimmy Giuffre - cl, ts & bs
Jim Hall - g
Ralph Peña - b
Recorded live at Stars of Jazz, KABC TV Show, Hollywood, California ; January 7, 1957
[# 4-5]
Jimmy Giuffre - cl & ts
Bob Brookmeyer - tb
Jim Hall - g
Recorded live at Stars of Jazz, KABC TV Show, Hollywood, California ; October 27, 1958
[# 6-10]
Same as above
Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival ; July 4, 1958


moha said...

Hi M! I didn't have the Newport tracks - but the compressed file seems to be corrupt.

Kneigh said...

@moha -- try baruch as p/w

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for another great compilation CD of these wonderful musicians.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

5 cents said...

Thank you so much. I only had half this collection. Lovely complete.

moha said...

oh I see, I tried the old pw!
Thank You, Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Sorry moha, I didn't see your message... You're welcome.

Blue Eyes said...

Yeah, a must have! great post Melanchthon!

rowland said...

Thanks a lot..

furnguy said...

thanks. can;t wait to listen to this.

Melanchthon said...

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks alot, Melanchthon.

frumious bandersnatch said...

Splendid ! thanks for evrything !

kristophermc28 said...

Many thanks again Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

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