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Jimmy Giuffre & Jim Hall Trio - Complete Studio Recordings, 1956-1959 [4CD] (2008) 320 Kbps
Artist: Jimmy Giuffre & Jim Hall Trio
Title Of Album: Complete Studio Recordings, 1956-1959
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Gambit Records
Genre: Jazz
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 5:03:25
Total Size: 723 MB

Jimmy Giuffre may not have gotten his due with American audiences outside very specific kinds of jazz circles, but he was loved and respected by other musicians and the audiences of Europe and Asia. His reputation among those groups of listeners and players is well deserved for the radical, if quiet and unassuming path he walked throughout his seven-decade career. These sides, recorded between 1956 and 1959 with guitarist Jim Hall, his most symbiotic collaborator and foil, are at the heart of his reputation as a pioneer -- even more so than his killer early-'60s sides (a la Free Fall) with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow.
This whopping four-disc, 74-rack set on Gambit collects all the trio sides that Hall and Giuffre shared during those years for Atlantic and Capitol. Their collaborators were a stellar lot as well, whether it was Bob Brookmeyer, Ralph Pena, Ray Brown, Red Mitchell, Jim Atlas or Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass, trombone, or trumpet, and piano in some instances (Brookmeyer). Space, harmony, and an inside-out approach to melody were the focuses of these groups at all times. In addition to the studio trio sides there are seven live selections which have never been issued on CD, including a stellar and now legendary performance of "Song of the Wind." The remastering job is wonderful, spacious, warm, and very present. There are also two unaccompanied performances by Giuffre, where he electronically overdubs four sax lines on each tune as a way of looking forward to his own career in the '70s. This is a stellar collection for the hardcore Giuffre fan: to have all this material in one place, beautifully assembled and annotated, is a real treat.
This outstanding de luxe 4-CD box set contains the complete studio trio recordings of Jimmy Giuffre and Jim Hall - collected on a single set for the very first time. Six original albums plus 8 tracks which never appeared on LP. The first track of the current edition, ("Gotta Dance", recorded on December 3, 1956), is in fact their first collaboration ever and the start of many future collaborations.

The third voice of the trio was usually a bass (many bassists alternated on their trio projects, including Ray Brown, Ralph Pena, Jim Atlas, Red Mitchell and Wilfred Middlebrooks) or a trombone (mostly Bob Brookmeyer, who sometimes switched from the valve trombone to the piano).

As a bonus, there are two unaccompanied Giuffre tracks from the same sessions and a batch of rare live trio recordings, including 'Song of the Wind', which appears here on CD for the first time ever.

New and careful remastering - Includes a 24-page booklet with original liner notes and detailed information.


Tracklist:

CD 1
01. GOTTA DANCE (2:33)
02. THE TRAIN AND THE RIVER (3:35)
03. THE SONG IS YOU (3:56)
04. THAT'S THE WAY IT IS (3:49)
05. TWO KINDS OF BLUES (5:15)
06. CRAZY SHE CALLS ME (4:18)
07. MY ALL (4:13)
08. CRAWDAD SUITE (7:13)
09. VOODOO (2:53)
10. TRAV'LIN' LIGHT (3:58)
11. THE LONELY TIME (3:47)
12. PICKIN' ‘EM UP AND LAYIN'‘EM DOWN (5:26)
13. THE GREEN COUNTRY (3:01)
14. THE SWAMP PEOPLE (6:24)
15. SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME (4:28)
16. FORTY-SECOND STREET (6:18)
17. CALIFORNIA, HERE I COME (2:53)
18. THE TRAIN AND THE RIVER (4:46)

CD 2
01. PICKIN' ‘EM UP AND LAYIN'‘EM DOWN (5:46)
02. THE GREEN COUNTRY (3:10)
03. THE LONELY TIME (3:57)
04. TRAV'LIN' LIGHT (4:25)
05. FORTY-SECOND STREET (6:17)
06. SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME (4:42)
07. THE SWAMP PEOPLE (5:37)
08. CALIFORNIA, HERE I COME (2:42)
09. I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES (3:27)
10. SPACE (3:34)
11. CABIN IN THE SKY (2:56)
12. MEMPHIS IN JUNE (3:33)
13. FOUR BROTHERS (3:25)
14. OLD FOLKS (2:25)
15. BLUES IN THE BARN (4:43)
16. TOPSY (11:28)

CD 3
01. BLUE MONK (8:24)
02. WESTERN SUITE (17:48)
a) Pony Express
b) Apaches
c) Saturday Night Dance
03. HAPPY MAN (7:23)
04. PRINCESS (9:23)
05. SONG OF THE WIND (5:55)
06. LOVELY WILLOW (4:21)
07. THE LITTLE MELODY (7:07)
08. THE STORY (7:29)
09. TIME MACHINE (4:41)
10. PONY EXPRESS [Live Version] (5:27) ( ) Bonus Track

CD 4
01. RAY'S TIME (7:00)
02. THE EASY WAY (5:56)
03. TIME ENOUGH (2:41)
04. COME RAIN OR COME SHINE (4:32)
05. MONTAGE (1:51)
06. MACK THE KNIFE (4:54)
07. A DREAM (2:09)
08. OFF CENTER (4:41)
09. CAREFUL (6:30)
10. COME RAIN OR COME SHINE (2:10) ( ) Bonus Track
11. ODE TO SWITZERLAND (4:46) ( ) Bonus Track
12. THE TRAIN AND THE RIVER (5:03) ( ) Bonus Track
13. GOTTA DANCE (2:19) ( ) Bonus Track
14. FOUR BROTHERS (2:40) ( ) Bonus Track
15. TWO KINDS OF BLUES (4:46) ( ) Bonus Track
16. SONG OF THE WIND (6:54) ( ) Bonus Track
17. DOWN HOME (5:34) ( ) Bonus Track

Includes the complete original albums:
- "The Jimmy Giuffre 3" (Atlantic LP 1254) - 1957
- "Trav'lin' Light" (Atlantic LP 1282) - 1958
- "The Four Brothers Sound" (Atlantic LP 1295) - 1959
- "Western Suite" (Atlantic LP 1330) - 1958
- "7 Pieces" (Verve MGV 8307) - 1959
- "The Easy Way" (Verve MGV S6095) - 1959

Personnel: Jimmy Giuffre (cl, ts & bs) and Jim Hall (g) on all tracks, plus: Ralph Pena, Jim Atlas, Red Mitchell, Ray Brown or Wilfred Middlebrooks (b) or Bob Brookmeyer (p, v-tb).
All sessions recorded in Los Angeles, New York, Lenox and Chicago, between 1956 and 1959.

The bonus tracks:
Disc 4 [tracks #10-11] features Jimmy Giuffre in four unaccompanied overdubbed tenor sax lines). Recorded in New York, June 23, 1958.
Disc 3, [track #10] & Disc 4, [tracks #12-17] are live trio recordings from 1957-1959.


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Tags: Giuffre, Complete, Studio, Recordings

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