Jimmy Giuffre…overlooked innovator.
James Peter Giuffre (April 26, 1921 – April 24, 2008) was an American jazz composer, arranger and saxophone and clarinet player. He is notable for his development of forms of jazz which allowed for free interplay between the musicians, anticipating forms of free improvisation.
“Jimmy Giuffre (pronounced “Joo-fray”) was not part of the “Free Jazz” movement of the mid 60’s, but his subtlety and understated music was part of the early creating process that lead to free improvisation. His goodwill and spirituality, good humor and lofty technique, soulful blues and classical influence combine to make his body of work unique. Jimmy Giuffre 3, The Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet and Free Fall are essential albums I highly recommend.