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5.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm...Nice!, 5 Nov 2008
This review is from: Jimmy Giuffre: Four Classic Albums Plus (Jimmy Giuffre / Tangents In Jazz / The Jimmy Giuffre 3 / Historic Jazz Concert At Music Inn) (Audio CD)
It is perplexing how under-rated Jimmy Giuffre is. He played in similar settings, at times, to that other great baritone sax player Gerry Mulligan, although Giuffre also played clarinet and tenor sax.

He used a number of settings but only occasionally with piano. His range went from, what ultra conservative jazz pundits like Wynton Marsalis call, real blues based jazz to more loose, less rhythmic free chamber jazz, of which Giuffre was a pioneer. This latter style of jazz became the staple of the German based, highly influential and successful ECM record label. Giuffre later recorded for that label with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow with whom he previously recorded his classic Free Fall album for Columbia.

There are many gems here that are worth checking out and I will not go through them here, I love The Train and the River from The Jimmy Giuffre 3 album although I have to say that the live version on the Jazz on a Summer's Day soundtrack album has a slight edge on the original.

This package is a fine tribute to a man who was a true great of jazz and I have no hesitation in recommending it.
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