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Jimmy Giuffre remains best known for the folk/jazz anthem “The Train and the River”, and for his mesmerising performance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, captured on the opening sequences of the documentary film Jazz on a Summer’s Day.

The saxophonist/clarinettist went on to develop a more abstract palette, and when these 1965 trio and quartet performances were recorded, the folksy overtones had been replaced by sharp angles, atonal clusters and dynamic extremes.

An intriguing document, whose first-time release reveals Giuffre’s pioneering role in free jazz.

The Jimmy Giuffre 3&4

New York Concerts

(Elemental Music)

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