Jimmy Giuffre: Iowa Stubborn

Track

Iowa Stubborn

Artist

Jimmy Giuffre (tenor sax)

CD

The Music Man (Rhino Atlantic)

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Musicians:

Jimmy Giuffre (tenor sax), Art Farmer (trumpet), Bernie Glow (trumpet), Al Cohn (tenor sax), Wendell Marshall (bass), Ed Shaughnessy (drums),

Phil Sunkel (trumpet), Eddie Wasserman (tenor sax), Sol Schlinger (baritone sax)

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Composed by Meredith Willson; arranged by Jimmy Giuffre

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Recorded: New York, January 6, 1958

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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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