Sunday, April 23, 2017

Jimmy Giuffre - New Forms in Jazz

These were Jimmy Giuffre's first recordings as a leader. A native of Dallas, TX, Giuffre developed his chops in the reed sections of postwar big bands led by Boyd Raeburn, Jimmy Dorsey, Buddy Rich, and Woody Herman. Everything reissued here was recorded in Hollywood, CA. Giuffre was surrounded by excellent musicians : alto saxophonist Bud Shank, pianist Russ Freeman, bassists Ralph Peña and Curtis Counce, drummers Artie Anton and Shelly Manne, trumpeter Jack Sheldon, valve trombonist Bob Enevoldsen, and Shorty Rogers blowing the flügelhorn. The material is profoundly positive, smoothly inventive, and at times exquisitely relaxing. The cool and pleasantly eccentric ideas, the velvety and whimsical or animated, angular elements bring to mind Gerry Mulligan's masterpiece album What Is There to Say ? and the brilliant accomplishments of Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh, and Lee Konitz. This music is very friendly and accessible. Some unusual combinations of notes seem to have been deliberately engineered in order to stand apart from conventional notions of musicality. And that's a good thing.
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Jimmy Giuffre
New Forms in Jazz
(Complete Capitol Recordings)


1 Do It ! (Giuffre)  3:17
2 All For You (Giuffre)  2:46
3 I Only Have Eyes For You (Warren, Dubin)  6:14
4 Four Brothers (Giuffre)  3:13
5 Sultana (Giuffre)  2:50
6 Nutty Pine (Giuffre)  3:10
7 Wrought Of Iron (Giuffre)  2:48
8 Someone To Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:07
9 A Ring-Tail Monkey (Giuffre)  2:33
10 Iranic (Giuffre)  4:47
11 Scintilla One (Giuffre)  0:54
12 Finger Snapper (Giuffre)  2:35
13 Lazy Tones (Giuffre)  4:10
14 Scintilla Two (Giuffre)  2:27
15 Chirpin’ Time (Giuffre)  5:47
16 This is My Beloved (Duke)  3:30
17 The Leprechaun (Giuffre)  6:35
18 Scintilla Three (Giuffre)  1:38
19 Rethoric (Giuffre)  3:25
20 Scintilla Four (Giuffre)  2:52


[# 1-3] Jimmy Giuffre - Capitol T549
Jimmy Giuffre - cl, ts & bs
Jack Sheldon - tp
Russ Freeman - p
Curtis Counce - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Recorded in Hollywood ; February 19, 1954
[# 4-7] Jimmy Giuffre - Capitol T549
Jimmy Giuffre - cl, ts & bs
Jack Sheldon - tp
Shorty Rogers - flgh
Bob Enevoldsen - tb
Bud Shank - as
Ralph Peña - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Recorded in Hollywood ; April 15, 1954
[# 8-20] Tangents in Jazz - Capitol T634
Jimmy Giuffre - cl, ts & bs
Jack Sheldon - tp
Ralph Peña - b
Artie Anton - dr
Recorded in Hollywood ; January 31 [# 8-9]  ; & June 6,7 & 10 [# 11-20], 1955

Jimmy Giuffre set forth with these 1954-1955 sessions a bold new form for improvised music. In all, it was touted by many influential figures as one of the most stimulating contributions to first-rate modern jazz literature. In these, his first recordings as a leader, Giuffre shows a fine versatility, a communicative emotion and the ability to swing that made him a respected soloist on tenor, baritone and clarinet. Fifty years later, there’s still some fascinating listening enjoyment here, and there will be for quite a while to come.

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fcapeau said...

I'll never go tired of listnening to this kind of music, which make that a day is good ! Many thanks, Mel.

Wade Cottingham said...

Thanks Mel for continuing the Jimmy Guiffre series! Much appreciated. In college I bought a songbook of his tunes to play in our little jazz band. Had never heard of him before that but I've heard of him plenty since. And he's from my hometown, so you know.

Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks one more time, Melanchthon

ritzbird said...

Thanks for this little gem (sorry, I meant BIG gem !!!)
Most appreciated

ita diegues said...

Gracias Melanchthon.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

AmyBRAINS said...

Great, great, great!!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Pepin said...

Muchisimas gracias, Melanchthon, cada vez me sorprendo mas de lo que me encuentro por aquí y cada vez agradezco mas tu generosidad. Que grande Giuffre. Lo conocí en el film de The Sound of Jazz " The Train and the River" y ahora tu me lo haces saborear en su totalidad. Gracias

5 cents said...

Merci, merci. Thanks so much.

5 cents said...

Merci, merci. Thanks so much.

neil said...

Got the original 1955 mono album tracks for 'Tangents in Jazz', so this is a very welcome bonus; many thanks, mel...

cvllos said...

I would emphaticaly suggest to all Giuffre admirers to take a look on his interview behind "Tangents in Jazz": his concepts, experiments and his harmonic, inspiring & new way of interpreting Jazz.
Congratulations to Melanchthon; it's Giuffre's time!

Philo said...

Wonderful music! I am really enjoying this album. Thanks Mel.

pedro gamundi said...


adakun said...

Gracias Mel por toda esta maravillosa música que nos ofreces. Merry Christmas!!

rowland said...

Thanks very much..

deGallo said...

Magnificent! Thank you.

Kneigh said...

Many thanx for this re-up, Melanchthon!! Dunno how I missed the original post of this set. He always produced very innovative jazz!!

Doug said...

I missed the original post.Thanks a bunch.I 'luv' Jack Sheldon!Of course,Jimmy was great.

carrolin said...

Muchas gracias

Danny said...

Thank you so much for great music and your hard work. I'm sorry but i'm new here. What's PW? I cllck PW and wind up in la la land.

xxx said...

Superb! THANK YOU!

tajackson said...

I am new as well and am curious where I might find the Password. Great music - thank you!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Newlyner said...

Thanks Mel. A great post.

ritzbird said...

Beautiful, many thanks.

Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

Superb, superb post, MM. "Tangents" is in a class of its own, 62 years down the road, just shows the depth of Mr. Giuffre's soul. And Jack Sheldon is a true poet. Love this music so much. Thank you.

Historicus said...

Great, thanks a lot for reuploading!!!

Kovina Kris said...

I really like Giuffre's stuff and really glad to see these posts come back around again. I'm not missing them this time! Thank you very much Mel!