Seminal west coast modern work from Jimmy Giuffre – both of his mid 50s classics for Capitol Records, back to back on one CD! The self-titled album Jimmy Giuffre is from 1954 – and was incredible work from one of the freshest new voices in jazz at the time! The album takes tracks from an original 10" LP session, and adds in a few more – so that you've got Jimmy playing tenor, clarinet, or baritone – in groups that include west coast cool players like Jack Sheldon, Bud Shank, Shelly Manne, Russ Freeman, and Ralph Pena. The writing's quite original, and Giuffre's already got that angular quality that will allow him to leap even further over the next few years. Titles include "Nutty Pine", "Wrought Of Iron", "Do It", "All For You", and "Sultana" – as well as the classic "Four Brothers". On Tangent
s In Jazz, Giuffre begins his experiments in jazz without a "non-pulsating beat" –, jazz without snapping cymbal, walking bass, or pounding piano to provide a steady pulse! The group on the LP includes Ralph Pena on bass, Artie Anton on drums, and Jack Sheldon on trumpet – and the four musicians play together in beautifully fragile little lines, which arc up and back, and come together with a sense of grace and surprise. Tracks include "The Leprechaun", "Scintilla Three", "Rhetoric", and "Chirpin Time". 20 tracks in all – most original compositions by Giuffre!
(Out of print.)