Personnel: Jimmy Giuffre (clarinet); Dave Pell (tenor saxophone, English horn); Bob Cooper (tenor saxophone, oboe); Maury Berman (baritone saxophone, bassoon); Harry Edison, Shorty Rogers, Jack Sheldon (trumpet); Buddy Collette (flute, alto clarinet); Bud Shank (alto flute); Harry Klee (bass flute, bass clarinet); Jimmy Rowles (piano, celeste); Ralph Pena (bass); Stan Levey, Shelly Manne (drums).
Originally released on Atlantic (1238).
Personnel: Jimmy Giuffre (clarinet).
Liner Note Authors: Gary Kramer; Arnold Marcus; Nat Hentoff.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (01/02/1958-01/16/1958); New York, NY (01/02/1958-01/16/1958); Los Angeles, CA (03/21/1956/03/22/1956); New York, NY (03/21/1956/03/22/1956); Los Angeles, CA (12/31/1957); New York, NY (12/31/1957).
This continually interesting set finds Jimmy Giuffre sticking exclusively to his cool-toned clarinet, mostly playing in the lower register, in several settings. The thought-provoking and generally relaxed works feature a wide variety of instrumentation. Giuffre takes "So Low" as an unaccompanied solo, duets with Jimmy Rowles' celeste on "Deep Purple," plays a fairly free "Fascinatin' Rhythm" in a Benny Goodman-type trio with pianist Rowles and drummer Shelly Manne, performs with a couple of other trios (including a group consisting of his clarinet, an alto clarinetist, and a bass clarinetist), uses three flutes and drums on the atonal "The Side Pipers" and three woodwinds plus bassist Ralph Pena on an atmospheric "My Funny Valentine," concluding with a nonet blues. A very interesting album, last available as a 1984 Atlantic LP. ~ Scott Yanow