Innovative Improv

Jimmy Giuffre had his start in a variety of performing groups as a jazz clarinet and saxophone player during the 40's and 50's, and continued to write bold and unusual arrangements of jazz pieces throughout his career. Giuffre is most known though, for constantly exploring new territories in jazz, and developing wholly improvised music years ahead of the free improvisation boom in Europe during the 60's. He was a man living ahead of his time, waiting for the world to catch up to him until his death last year at 87. Tonight, we hear Giuffre perform The Sheepherder and Deep Purple, from his 1956 album. Also, music of Johnny Dankworth and Laurie Anderson.

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