Personalities | Jimmy Giuffre | Fifties | Jazz & Blues
(Clarinet, baritone, tenor and soprano saxophones, b. 1921)
Jimmy Giuffre composed ‘Four Brothers’ for Woody Herman’s saxophone section in 1947 and later joined the Second Herd. He formed his important trio with Jim Hall (guitar) and Ralph Peña (bass) in 1957, then replaced bass with Bob Brookmeyer’s trombone in 1958. A subsequent trio with Paul Bley (piano) and Steve Swallow (bass) in 1961–62 was influential in the rise of free jazz. He remained open to new directions and experimented with electric instruments in the 1980s.
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