Jimmy Giuffre: Jesus Maria

After his evocative folk-jazz signature piece "The Train and the River" graced both The Sound of Jazz telecast (1957) and the film Jazz on a Summer's Day (1958), Jimmy Giuffre grew restless. Supplanting accessibility with abstraction, Giuffre symbolized jazz's final, fateful segue from popular entertainment to niche art. Carla Bley's gentle "Jesus Maria" is a transitional piece, taking Giuffre near the avant-garde's precipice without plunging over. (Free Fall would come soon, both as album title and career description.) Lovely, lyrical, yet at times skirting atonality, "Jesus Maria" is a snapshot capturing an artist's past and future in one fascinating moment.

November 03, 2007 · 0 comments


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