Friday, March 17, 2017

Jimmy Giuffre /Jim Hall Trio - Studio Recordings

Jimmy Giuffre may not have gotten his due with American audiences outside very specific kinds of jazz circles, but he was loved and respected by other musicians and the audiences of Europe and Asia. His reputation among those groups of listeners and players is well deserved for the radical, if quiet and unassuming path he walked throughout his seven-decade career. These sides, recorded between 1956 and 1959 with guitarist Jim Hall, his most symbiotic collaborator and foil, are at the heart of his reputation as a pioneer — even more so than his killer early-'60s sides (à la Free Fall) with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow. This whopping four-disc, 74-rack set on Gambit collects all the trio sides that Hall and Giuffre shared during those years for Atlantic and Capitol. Their collaborators were a stellar lot as well, whether it was Bob Brookmeyer, Ralph Pena, Ray Brown, Red Mitchell, Jim Atlas or Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass, trombone, or trumpet, and piano in some instances (Brookmeyer). Space, harmony, and an inside-out approach to melody were the focuses of these groups at all times. In addition to the studio trio sides there are seven live selections which have never been issued on CD, including a stellar and now legendary performance of "Song of the Wind." The remastering job is wonderful, spacious, warm, and very present. There are also two unaccompanied performances by Giuffre, where he electronically overdubs four sax lines on each tune as a way of looking forward to his own career in the '70s. This is a stellar collection for the hardcore Giuffre fan : to have all this material in one place, beautifully assembled and annotated, is a real treat.
Thom Jurek

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Jimmy Giuffre
Jim Hall Trio
Complete Studio Recordings


Cd. 1

1 Gotta Dance (Giuffre)  2:33
2 The Train And The River (Giuffre)  3:35
3 The Song Is You (Kern, Hammerstein II)  3:56
4 That’s The Way It Is (Giuffre)  3:49
5 Two Kinds Of Blues (Giuffre)  5:15
6 Crazy She Calls Me (Sigman, Russell)  4:18
7 My All (Giuffre)  4:13
8 Crawdad Suite (Giuffre)  7:13
9 Voodoo (Giuffre)  2:53
10 Trav’lin’ Light (Mercer, Mundy, Young)  3:58
11 The Lonely Time (Giuffre)  3:47
12 Pickin’ ‘Em Up And Layin’ ‘Em Down (Giuffre)  5:26
13 The Green Country (Giuffre)  3:01
14 The Swamp People (Giuffre)  6:24
15 Show Me The Way To Go Home (King)  4:28
16 Forty-second Street (Dubin, Warren)  6:18
17 California, Here I Come (Jolson, DeSylva, Meyer)  2:53
18 The Train And The River (Giuffre)  4:46

Cd. 2

1 Pickin’ ‘Em Up And Layin’ ‘Em Down (Giuffre)  5:46
2 The Green Country (Giuffre)  3:10
3 The Lonely Time (Giuffre)  3:57
4 Trav’lin’ Light (Mercer, Mundy, Young)  4:25
5 Forty-second Street (Dubin, Warren)  6:17
6 Show Me The Way To Go Home (King)  4:42
7 The Swamp People (Giuffre)  5:37
8 California, Here I Come (Jolson, DeSylva, Meyer)  2:42
9 I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (Arle, Koehler)  3:27
10 Space (Giuffre)  3:34
11 Cabin In The Sky (Duke, Latouche)  2:56
12 Memphis In June (Carmichael, Webster)  3:33
13 Four Brothers (Giuffre)  3:25
14 Old Folks (Robeson, Hill)  2:25
15 Blues In The Barn (Giuffre)  4:43
16 Topsy (Durham, Battle)  11:28

Cd. 3

1 Blue Monk (Monk)  8:24
2 Western Suite (Pony Express / Apaches / Saturday Night Dance) (Giuffre)  17:48
3 Happy Man (Giuffre)  7:23
4 Princess (Giuffre)  9:23
5 Song Of The Wind (Giuffre)  5:55
6 Lovely Willow (Giuffre)  4:21
7 The Little Melody (Giuffre)  7:07
8 The Story (Giuffre)  7:29
9 Time Machine (Giuffre)  4:41
10 Pony Express (Live Version) (Giuffre)  5:27*

Cd. 4

1 Ray’s Time (Giuffre)  7:00
2 The Easy Way (Giuffre)  5:56
3 Time Enough (Giuffre)  2:41
4 Come Rain Or Come Shine (Arlen, Mercer)  4:32
5 Montage (Giuffre)  1:51
6 Mack The Knife (Weil, Brecht)  4:54
7 A Dream (Giuffre)  2:09
8 Off Center (Giuffre)  4:41
9 Careful (Hall)  6:30
10 Come Rain Or Come Shine (Arlen, Mercer)  2:10*
11 Ode To Switzerland (Giuffre)  4:46*
12 The Train And The River (Giuffre)  5:03*
13 Gotta Dance (Giuffre)  2:19*
14 Four Brothers (Giuffre)  2:40*
15 Two Kinds Of Blues (Giuffre)  4:46*
16 Song Of The Wind (Giuffre)  6:54*
17 Down Home (Giuffre)  5:34*


Jimmy Giuffre - cl, ts & bs
Jim Hall - g
on all tracks
[cd. 1, # 1-4]
Ralph Peña - b
Recorded in Los Angeles ; December 3, 1956
[cd. 1, # 5-9]
Same as above.
Recorded in Los Angeles ; December 4, 1956
[cd. 1, # 10-17]
Jim Atlas - b
Recorded in New York ; December 2, 1957
[cd. 1, # 18]
Same as above.
Recorded in December 5, 1957. Studio recording for the All Star Album The Sound of Jazz
[cd. 2, # 1-2]
Bob Brookmeyer - tb
Recorded in New York ; January 20, 1958
[cd. 2, # 3-5]
Same as above.
Recorded in New York ; January 21, 1958
[cd. 2, # 6-8]
Same as above.
Recorded in New York ; January 23, 1958
[cd. 2, # 9-15]
Bob Brookmeyer - p ; Giuffre plays four overdubbed tenor sax lines
Recorded in Lenox, Mass. ; September 1, 1958
[cd. 2, # 16 & cd. 3, #1-2]
Bob Brookmeyer - tb
Recorded in New York ; December 3, 1958
[cd. 3, # 3-9]
Red Mitchell - b
Recorded in Los Angeles ; February 23-25 & March 2, 1958
[cd. 4, # 1-9]
Ray Brown - b
Recorded in Chicago ; August 6-7, 1959

(See the complete artwork for more details about the bonus tracks* -
cd. 3, # 10 & cd. 4, # 10-17)

This outstanding 4 CD boxed set contains the complete studio trio recordings of Jimmy Giuffre and Jim Hall, including the complete original albums : The Jimmy Giuffre 3, Trav’lin’ Light, The Four Brothers Sound, Western Suite, 7 Pieces, and The Easy Way. As a bonus, 2 unaccompanied Giuffre tracks and a batch of rare live trio recordings are included, feauturing "Song Of The Wind", which appears here on cd for the first time ever! Included is a chock-a-block 24 page booklet

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il angelo said...

Thanks Melanchthon, this one is definitely one to buy

archer said...


the consistent quality of your selections, and your clean and classy presentation of them, is unparalleled by any other non-collaborating sole proprietor that i know of on these internets.

much gratitude.

moha said...

Nice to get it in one box. Thank You!

eliseo said...

First of all, thank you very much for this great collection, and for all your excellent post.

On the other side, just to let you know: on disc 3 the tracks 8, 9 and 10 are screwed up. They sound as taken from a defective (badly copied) source. If this wasn't the case, perhaps you'd like to post separately these three defective ones.

archer said...

i come to make a request and find it already made and fulfilled.

thanks for the speedy remedy, melanchthon

brian said...

NICE Blog, NICE Post, Thanxsssss....

Christopher said...

I'm so glad you shared these.Brookmeyer in the mix makes it extra special. Thanks so much

Heervee said...

Mel, Wonderful set! A great place indeed for jazz lover!

ita diegues said...

Thanks Melanchthon, always.

hulaboy said...

Mel, you're a hero!

Otis Foster said...

Late in arriving on this but overjoyed to find it's still alive. Thanks as always.

zardoz1984 said...

Timeless & fresh like the morning dew, music full of space, music to live to… Thks Mel, never enough Giuffre.

LaroSwing said...

Yours is really one of the very best jazz blogs on the web!

poppachubby said...

Wow, I only have a couple of these albums. Didn't realise the bredth of this group. Perfect.

cvllos said...

Mel, could you turn Radishare account into public?

Tibau said...

Amazing blog.!! Congratulation.!!
Big hug.

luthier said...

Wow, Mel! What a colossal post! Most of my favorite Jim Hall years are covered here. And what about Giuffre? And Brookmeyer? How amazing can they be? I think that these recordings are arguably among the three's best output ever (without taking anything away from the rest of their respective careers).

Thank you!

john said...

Thank you for this great set. I've enjoyed Giuffre's 60's work but have been slower to appreciate this slightly earlier material.

Mario Agrimi said...

Thanks a lot
Very Good Cds

deGallo said...

Fantastic! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Wow! Thanks Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Kneigh said...

What a super post, Melanchthon!! So many thanx for all this great Giuffre-Hall music!!

Melanchthon said...

Cd. 1 + artwork

Cd. 2

Cd. 3

Cd. 4

Anonymous said...

Thank you MM, fabulous music.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much!!

DEEP said...

It was St. Patrick's Day on March 17th here in The Colonies. On March 17th at Sic Von No Vobis it was...ST. MELANCHTHON DAY!!!

The Jackal said...

Dear Mel,

You're getting overwhelming ....

What a match up of talents in this pair..
Historic milestone in our music, Guitar and Reeds giants

Thanks always

Kovina Kris said...

Great stuff here. Thanks for the upgrade Mel!

aroonie said...

Thank you very much especially for CD2 with Brookmeyer.

HEXIS said...

Thanks Melanchthon, wonderful post!

rst said...

Beautiful, thank you

Anonymous said...

Beautiful share...however, the links are dead. Thank you for all the rest of the offerings on this are very generous!