This edition contains the Jimmy Giuffre trio's complete studio album "7 Pieces" (1959) plus, as bonus tracks, the trio's Rome performance, later the same year, for the first time ever on any format. The sound quality from the live set is truly outstanding.
Splendid Sound Quality. New and careful 20-Bit Remastering, includes 12-page comprehensive booklet.
01. Happy Man (7:23)
02. Princess (9:23)
03. Song of the Wind (5:55)
04. Lovely Willow (4:21)
05. The Little Melody (7:07)
06. The Story (7:29)
07. Time machine (4:41)
08. Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West (8:05) (*) Live Bonus Track
09. Four Brothers (8:22) (*) Live Bonus Track
10. Princess (4:52) (*) Live Bonus Track
11. Careful (11:19) (*) Live Bonus Track
Total time: 78:58 min.
Tracks #1-7 from "7 Pieces" (Verve MGV 8307).
Recorded in Los Angeles, California, on February 23, 25 & March 2, 1959.
Tracks #8-11 recorded live at the Adriano Theater, Rome, Italy, on June 19, 1959.
Personnel: Jimmy Giuffre (cl, ts & bs), Jim Hall (g), Red Mitchell (b on #1-7) and Buddy Clark (b on #8-11).
"In October of 1956 "The J.G. 3" had its first rehearsal at Harry Jones' Studio in Hollywood. The personnel was the same as it is on this record: Jim Hall, guitar; Red Mitchell, bass; and Jimmy Giuffre, clarinet, tenor and baritone. Jim Hall has been with "The J.G. 3" for the past two-and-a-half years. Red Mitchell was not able to continue past that first rehearsal, but was finally captured for 7 Pieces."
-Jimmy Giuffre (from the original liner notes).
"Jimmy Giuffre wrote seven distinctly different pieces for this Verve LP, with guitarist Jim Hall and bassist Red Mitchell joining him. Giuffre switches off between clarinet, tenor sax, and baritone sax between pieces, all of which are spacious while never venturing so far out as to lose the listener's attention. "Happy Man" gives the appearance of being an upbeat blues, but Giuffre's free-ranging approach to exploring its theme extends far beyond that artificial boundary; his lyrical clarinet trades off with the soft playing of his session partners. Long out of print, any fan of Jimmy Giuffre's unique blend of cool jazz should snap up this record without hesitation the moment it is found."
Ken Dryden -All Music Guide