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  • Audio CD (29 May 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Jazz
  • ASIN: B000002JMG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gotta Dance
2. Two Kinds Of Blues
3. The Song Is You
4. Crazy She Calls Me
5. Voodoo
6. My All
7. That's the Way It Is
8. Crawdad Suite
9. The Train and the River
10. The Green Country*
11. Forty - Second Street*

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar 2001
Format: Audio CD
Remember the film, "Jazz on a summer's day"?
Remember the first shots of the lake, of the marquee being put up; of summer hep cats hanging out? It's the Jimmy Giuffre Trio playing, and they're playing "The Train and The River".
My parents met and they both had this album - it was the hippest thing you could possibly own back in '61, and when we discovered it 25 years later, on vinyl that would barely play, the grooves were so worn (yet, note: lovingly and carefully kept to keep the record free of scratches) it's a wonder the needle didn't skid right across the record.
And it's goooooood. So mellow, so funky, so "hot summer's afternoon", it's a little forgotten masterpiece.
So buy it immediately!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By generalistjo on 12 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
A wonderfully weightless experiment in ambient jazz before such a term existed. The playing is restrained yet exploratory. The lack of drums - or even a strict tempo at times - gives it a very light feeling - but because it's edging into free territory it's also pretty heavy. Unstructured yet disciplined, light but heavy - it's also VERY cool!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By martin jones on 8 Jan 2009
Format: Audio CD
Jazz has evolved over the last century or so and it is easy to see how one form has grown almost seamlessly out of another. That is not to deny the immense importance and originality of giants like Armstrong or Parker but they did come out of an established tradition, and their influences were absorbed into that ongoing tradition.

Like any other form of evolution there are side branches which develop from time to time but which go nowhere. In jazz most of these will probably never get much beyond the rehearsal room but some go on to have a brief life before simply dying out and without leaving any progeny. Two examples might be Artie Shaw's use of strings in some of his big band performances, and the "progressive jazz" of Stan Kenton.

Of more interest, I think, are the so-called "pianoless" groups of the 1950s. The most important and best-known of these are the quartets led by Gerry Mulligan, with two horns, bass and drums.

I think the term "pianoless" is somewhat misleading. It had been uncommon, but by no means rare, to have pianoless jazz groups from a long way back. But these groups would invariably have a guitar or (in earlier days) banjo to provide a chordal backing. What was new about the "pianoless" groups of the 1950s was the complete absence of any instrument which could play chords and set the harmonic pattern of the tune being played.

The Jimmy Giuffre Three goes one step beyond Mulligan in that they drop drums as well. And although Jim Hall plays guitar he plays it as a melodic and not chordal instrument, only very occasionally playing two strings together. Giuffre himself plays alto, tenor or clarinet and the fine bass player is Ralph Pena.

So what does this trio sound like?
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Giuffre deserves to be recognized as a master in Jazz 26 Aug 2001
By Michael R. Lachance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jimmy Giuffre seems to have become an extremely overlooked and unfortunately forgotten master within his genre. While Jazz underwent a very vast transformation during the late 50's and early 60's (only Duke Ellington survived musically, from the old school) Giuffre and his small group were at the forefront of this revolution. Crafting Jazz in ways never before even thought of. In 'The Jimmy Giuffre 3' we find Jimmy teamed with Jazz guitarist Jim Hall and Bassist Ralph Pena. The music has no piano, no drums and no vocal. It stands strongly without and reminds us that their talent is more powerful than any rhythm section. This music is transcendental and evokes a purity that is nearly unrivalled. By all means if you get the opportunity to watch the film 'Jazz on a Summer's Day' you will see Giuffre at work in the opening sequence. Im dumbfounded however, that so much of his work is so hard to come by. In addition to this 1957 release, the 'Western Suite' CD is just as amazing. The 'Western Suite' (released in 1958) features the same group as seen at Newport in 1958; Giuffre, Jim Hall on Guitar and Bob Brookmeyer on Valve Trombone. Unfortunately it is only available as an import. Please do yourself a favor and hunt down a copy, either here on ... or on the other competitive ... music stores. Both these Giuffre works should be a requirement for any true Jazz Collection.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Underrated 23 Nov 1999
By Matthew Solodow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It is truly unfortunate that most music lovers do not know who Jimmy Giuffre is. He and his trio are one of the most underrated groups in music. His "15 minutes" took place in the wonderful film "Jazz On A Summer's Day" as the opening performer at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. This CD is cool jazz at the same artistic level as Dave Brubeck's "Time Out" or Miles Davis' "Kind Of Blue". It should certainly be in any jazz lover's collection. The multi-instrumental talents of Giuffre with accompanyment from Jim Hall's guitar and Ralph Pena's bass is a treat.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Classic for All Seasons 20 April 2004
By David Gedalecia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I do not know anyone who has heard this music who does NOT like it. It contains some of the most sophisticated and moving interplay in all of jazz. Giuffre, Hall and Pena have a simpatico that is almost mystical. Giuffre's tone on all the horns is richly textured, and Pena's bass lines perfectly punctuate the unique melodies Giuffre creates in the playbook, but it is Hall's guitar work that really makes the proceedings come alive. He worked for years with Chico Hamilton and on his own in developing an intensely melodic approach before teaming up with Giuffre. He was not a pyrotechnically-inclined guitarist; rather it is the depth and purely soulful feeling he conveys in his playing that grabs the listener, and this is especially apparent on "Crawdad Suite." This is not some pseudo-funk a la Herb Ellis. It is thoughtful, tasteful, and inspired playing. No wonder Hall was such a great complement to Sonny Rollins' work in the early `60s, though this was never fully captured on the RCA recordings.
This CD should be awarded ten stars: five for the first listening and five for the second, since you'll hear far more on a second listening than on a first. Ornette Coleman said that Giuffre's music brought tears to his eyes. Get this CD. You'll see why.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Something a little different 26 Dec 2005
By Stalwart Kreinblaster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are in a rut listening to the same old bop recordings or tired sounding renditions of standards - give this disc a try. I think this trio has a very unique sound, and they go in some unconventional directions. I am very impressed with Jimmy Giuffre and his work with small groups. Jim Hall as always has that perfect tone that so many guitarists search for....
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
My first Jimmy disc, and it is sure a winner... 31 May 2008
By William E. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first started to listen to jazz in the early '60's as I was finishing high school and trying to get into a college. I recall that Jimmy Giuffre, (who died earlier this year) was always well-respected in the jazz polls published in Hugh Hefner's magazine, but I never bought one of his LP's. Recently I found this one on Amazon and took the plunge. These two records, one from 1957 and the other done a year later, are wonderful. On the first, Jimmy plays baritone sax, tenor sax and the clarinet, sometimes all on the same track. The songs have a folk/blues feel. In fact, one track "The Train and the River" is said (although not in these liner notes) to have been inspired by Giuffre's friendship with Cisco Houston, my favorite folksinger and Woody Guthrie's best friend. I know a lot about Cisco, who died in 1961, but I never had known of his acquaintance with jazzmen. Playing with Jimmy on this half of the CD is the great Jim Hall on guitar and Ralph Pena on bass. The whole thing is very pleasant, but my favorite is probably their version of "The Song is You." The second record is Jimmy's jazzy meditation on the tunes from my favorite American musical, Meredith Willson's "The Music Man." This is fun all the way. Jimmy chose a medium size group for a jazz record, consisting of three trumpets, three saxes, bass, drums, and his own three horns. Highlights here include "Goodnight My Someone" and "My White Knight" and "Till There Was You" in addition to the more familiar "Seventy-Six Trombones" and "Wells Fargo Wagon." If you are not familiar with Jimmy Giuffre's work, but you like jazz, folk and musicals, you can't regret buying this two-fer before it goes out of print. This is great stuff to use to soothe your ears during a 90-minute drive, or a three-hour journey if you want to play it twice.
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