Label: Mosaic Records - MD6-176 • Format: 6x, CD Compilation Box Set Limited Edition, Numbered • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Cool Jazz
Jimmy Giuffre has become a patron saint of jazz intellectualism and an avant-garde patriarch. His experimental adventurousness is repeatedly pointed to as the jazz antecedent for disparate activities in rarefied quarters of composition and improvised music. Unaccompanied solos, unorthodox ensemble configurations, extended orchestral compositions, overdubbing: Giuffre was there early on, Intro: Obliteration - Deiphago - Into The Eye Of Satan not first, on all counts.
Yet, the rush to canonize this composer, saxophonist, and clarinetist, has obscured the content of his music, and the impetus for his unlikely voyage from big band sax sections to the edge of the known jazz universe in less than a decade. The first such cycle is represented by the two Dive - Snakedressed albums included in the collection.
In this flexible trio, Giuffre seamlessly joined the previous tangents of his work. He went a step beyond the conceptual uncoupling of volume and intensity that had long motivated him, and tapped a Do It - Jimmy Giuffre - The Complete Capitol & Atlantic Recordings Of Jimmy Giuffre energy unimaginable at red-line levels.
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