Jimmy Giuffre (1921-2008): Part 2 - JazzWax

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April 29, 2008


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One of the most stunning cuts on the album with Konitz has the rhythm section laying out. Not only is Giuffre's a capella arrangement of "Darn That Dream" gorgeous, but his feathery baritone perfectly compliments the light tone of Konitz and the other saxes.
While many of Giuffre's own dates from this period feature somewhat experimental trios (not to mention a fascinating one by Shelly Manne with just Jimmy and Shorty Rogers) or other unusual concepts, he did cut one great straight ahead quartet session with Rowles, Mitchell, and Marable called "Ad Lib."

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