Jimmy Giuffre: Iowa Stubborn
Jimmy Giuffre (tenor sax)
The Music Man (Rhino Atlantic)
Phil Sunkel (trumpet), Eddie Wasserman (tenor sax), Sol Schlinger (baritone sax).
Composed by Meredith Willson; arranged by Jimmy Giuffre.
Recorded: New York, January 6, 1958
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
In the 1950s, Jimmy Giuffre seesawed between commerce and the avant-garde. After early West Coast adventurism, Giuffre caught the first wave of America's folkie craze, leading a successful folk-jazz trio. Next he leapt on the Jazz Meets Show Tune bandwagon by raiding Broadway's folksy hit The Music Man. Giuffre treats "Iowa Stubborn" as if it were a schottische (round dance) unearthed by Hawkeye folklorists especially for inclusion in the Shubert Alley blockbuster. It's refreshing to hear the normally drummer-less Giuffre against Ed Shaughnessy's suavely brushed snare, but the pit-band-at-a-barn-dance effect is disconcerting. Broadway Folk Jazz is at least one genre too many.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
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