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Jimmy Giuffre ‎– Western Suite (Atlantic)


Media NM
Sleeve VG+

Format : LP
Cat N° : SD 1330
Style : Post Bop, Avant-garde Jazz

“Giuffre’s album is another fascinating, but very different, project: in 1957, the innovative reedsman broke up the original Jimmy Giuffre 3 and formed a new and unusual trio with Hall and Brookmeyer. For a year, they gigged together across the US, but sensing the group’s life was coming to an end, Giuffre composed the four-movement ‘Western Suite’ with the trio’s strengths in mind, and as a way of documenting its achievements. The lack of a rhythm section meant that the three musicians were pushed to the limits of their (considerable) abilities, with hugely positive results for the adventurous listener. The side-long title track – an unusual mix of jazz, Aaron Copland’s Americana and country music – gets most of the attention, but the other two tracks do not in any way constitute filler. Edgar Battle and Eddie Durham’s ‘Topsy’ was a huge chart hit in 1958 for drummer Cozy Cole, and the 11-minute version here tootles along beautifully, as rhythmically pulsating as Cole’s thunderous 45, and full of intriguing solos. The LP concludes with a marvellous, filigreed reading of Monk’s ‘Blue Monk’.

At first glance, Western Suite’s intricate miniaturism may seem as far removed from Turner’s majestic bluesy chug as it’s possible to get – but they do have one thing in common, and that’s that they both, in their different ways, swing like bastards. And in these back-in-print analogue masters (done, I’m presuming, at Air Studios by either Ray Staff or Cicely Baston) they sound just as splendid as they deserve to do.” Kevin Whitlock, Jazzwise

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A – Western Suite
B1 – Topsy
B2 – Blue Monk

Weight 0,23 kg