Jimmy Giuffre: The Train and the River (Sound of Jazz, 1957)


The Train and the River (1957)


Jimmy Giuffre (clarinet, tenor & baritone saxes)


The Sound of Jazz (Columbia CK 45234)

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Jimmy Giuffre (clarinet, tenor & baritone saxes), Jim Hall (guitar), Jim Atlas (bass).

Composed by Jimmy Giuffre


Recorded: New York, December 4, 1957


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

In the mid-'50s, Jimmy Giuffre was a fixture of West Coast jazz, playing reeds in the prevailing cool style and writing experimentally. In 1956, when America's folkie craze sprouted, Giuffre formed a folk-jazz trio and recorded his signature "The Train and the River." A year later, taped at a rehearsal for CBS-TV's all-star special The Sound of Jazz, a longer, snappier "Train" winds and shifts fugally like a railway hugging the contours of a serpentine streamóbut so quietly it wouldn't disturb a slumbering katydid. Unhurried, reflective, constantly changing moods and shifting focus, this is chamber jazz at its finest.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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