Innovative Improv

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

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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Comments [3]

Larry Sultan

Hi Allan,
Trying to reach you. Please reach me at 949 735 8446 .
It's been a long time.
Larry Sultan /Laguna Niguel, CA.

Jul. 16 2010 06:44 PM

Does anyone happen to know the names of the composer and performers of the gorgeous piece of music played Sunday night at approx 10PM that consisted of a soprano accompanied by an organist.?

Oct. 05 2009 12:34 PM
alexis coir from bed-stuy

I didn't catch the name of the musicians currently playing (improv organ to traditional vocals), but I have to send this note of thanks because it is absolutely fantastic sitting here listening to it. I'm sad to learn that most classical programming on wnyc will be shifting to a new station, where it will reach only those already dedicated to this musical "type". As a young person from Detroit, a city whose classical stations have been slowly fighting back after being completely wiped off the air, I was so excited by the breadth of wnyc's 93.9 programming. Now when people get home from work and switch on the station they were listening to in the morning for news, they won't happen upon the crazy beauty of whatever is now playing.

Oct. 04 2009 10:39 PM

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