GIUFFRE Jimmy 1947-1953 Part 2

Part 2 features two exceptional leading figures: the ever inspired alto sax of Art Pepper [as Art Salt], and the reliable and flexible drumming of Shelly Manne, who is present on all tracks. Manne played his full part in the frenetic activity of West Coast jazz musicians of that time. In fact, the most surprising thing about the jazz being played in the LA area in the 50's was the capacity for experimentation demonstrated by its leading figures, all of them forerunners of a music that later earned the recognition of the entire jazz world.
However and perhaps in order to continue with these musical investigations, the main protagonists of this "school" were not averse to returning time and time again to traditional Kansas City roots and influences, neither were they against disguising themselves as torrid Texas blowers if this would gratify the ears of their loyal fans.
In this sense, it remains something of a joke that the refined Jimmy Giuffre, a Texan by birth, should throw himself into rock-and-rolling with Shorty Rogers [I let you discover the tracks], his buddy in more intellectual musical pursuits. Especially when considering that it is the same Rogers who did the very sophisticated arrangement for the traditional "La Mucara".
In his dual capacity as both a musical performer and composer/arranger, Jimmy Giuffre has always been considered a musician given to contrasts, for he is as equally capable of creating the most limpid melodic line as he is a harmonically complex one. And this duality was already apparent at the very beginning of his career.


To be continued...

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