Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Jimmy Giuffre 3 - 7 Pieces

The Jimmy Giuffre 3 : 7 Pieces Fame can be fickle, meaning that someone like Jimmy Giuffre can fade into relative obscurity, remembered and appreciated by fellow musicians and a few hardcore jazz fans, while never having reached into the broader public consciousness in any measurable way.
As a multi-reed artist, Giuffre was certainly one of the most original and creative visionary forces in jazz. Perhaps Giuffre's best known ensemble was his first: a combo that was unorthodox in its day, featuring Giuffre, Jim Hall on guitar, and one of several bass players. A highlight of this combo, 7 Pieces (Verve, 1959), has been reissued with the addition of some never-before-heard live material. It all adds up to a devilishly good reminder of why Giuffre was such a great musician.
This trio must have seemed a little far out in the late fifties. The tunes — with no drums and therefore no steady beat — are softly lyrical, meandering creations with discernible melodies that have to be followed for awhile before they fully resolve. Even on something as simple as a blues, like the opening "Happy Man," the trio breaks down the form with instrumental solo interludes and some light call-and-response. "The Little Melody" is representative, beginning with a repeated statement for a few bars, then pausing,and finally restarting with improvisation, but at a greatly reduced tempo. It wanders for awhile, drifting and flowing about, seemingly aimlessly, barely pinned to the melody before recapitulating for its close. It's a sparse track, with a light, free flowing set of ideas that are hard to resist.
The reissue contains four additional tracks, recorded live in Rome in 1959. For a live session from that era, these monaural tracks are exceptionally well-recorded, rivaling — if not exceeding — the sound quality of the studio tracks. These tunes swing a little harder, perhaps because of the face-to-face interaction with the audience, and include the up-tempo "Four Brothers," which Giuffre wrote for Woody Herman's orchestra earlier in his career. Buddy Clark slams out a pulsing bass line that fulfills both his own role and the portion that would ordinarily be handled by the drums.The addition of what is essentially a bebop line breaks the mold of the record, but within the trio context it simply adds another dimension to Giuffre's work, showing a glint of where he began his musical adventure.
7 pieces exemplifies the power of an artist who was willing to experiment with an unconventional lineup to create truly original, and enduringly good music.
Greg Simmons

Source : http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=39498

The Jimmy Giuffre 3
7 Pieces

Tracks

1 Happy Man (Giuffre)  7:23
2 Princess (Giuffre)  9:23
3 Song of the Wind (Giuffre)  5:55
4 Lovely Willow (Giuffre)  4:21
5 The Little Melody (Giuffre)  7:07
6 The Story (Giuffre)  7:29
7 Time Machine (Giuffre)  4:41
8 Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West (Lewis)  8:05
9 Four Brothers (Giuffre)  8:22
10 Princess (Giuffre)  4:52
11 Careful (Hall)  11:19

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Personnel
[# 1-7]
Jimmy Giuffre - cl, ts & bs
Jim Hall - g
Red Mitchell - b
Recorded in Los Angeles ; February 23, 25 & March 2, 1959
[# 8-11]
Same as above, except
Buddy Clark - b, replaces Red Mitchell
Recorded live at the Adriano Theater, Rome ; June 19, 1959

29 comments:

ruperberger said...

Gracias Mel!!!

wouter said...

thank you, mel!

neil said...

You do seem to have the knack of uncovering rare, juicy gems; many thanks...

danair said...

Thanks Mel.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

jose arboleda said...

muchasgracias.

steve said...

Looks good Mel. Thanks! Previously my exposure to JG was the ECM re release.

Scotch said...

I love all these Giuffre albums you've been posting. Thanks so much!

ita diegues said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon.

Wade Cottingham said...

Listening to Four Brothers, The Sound Quality Is Stunning! Thank You Mel !!!!

CrunchyFrog said...

wonderful! never heard this one before... thanks!

rm said...

merci beaucoup

pedro gamundi said...

Gracias.

velobrewer said...

Shame that another great one has passed. Jim Hall died in his sleep yesterday at age 83. I have been fortunate enough to have listened and collected his work for the last 40 years. Simply The Best. Rest In Peace, Jim.

Richard Stands said...

Jim Hall passed this moning. R.I.P

Péter Makai said...

Many thanks, Mel! PM

Otis Foster said...

Thnx for bringing this back melanchthon. I missed it the first time through.

Heil SCAMAITCH said...

Thanks!

kristophermc28 said...

Many thanks for another great re-up.

Frank M. Young said...

Thank you for the re-up. RIP Mr. Hall...

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

frumious bandersnatch said...

Many thanks, this is beautiful !

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Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Thank you Mel!!
Pedro

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Jazz Padd said...

With Jim Hall and Red Mitchell. Great! Thanks. :-)

Kovina Kris said...

I have a lossy version of the complete Giuffre-Hall Trio sessions but I think I now have all of the albums (except for one) contained in that box as FLAC from your blog Mel. Thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

Whoa! What a gem, I love Giuffre, and he's in ultrafine company here, too. Thanks so much, MM!

DEEP said...

7 CLASPS