The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The closely affiliated Black Saint and Soul Note labels were established in the 1970s by Italian jazz lover Giacomo Pellicciotti, and together they released some of the most forward-thinking jazz recordings on the market during their four decades of independent existence both labels were acquired by another company in 2008. In 2011, the labels' new owner began releasing a series of budget-priced box sets documenting the complete output of particular artists, each individual disc housed in an LP-style cardboard sleeve. This one features four albums by reedman and noted avant-cool composer Jimmy Giuffre. The box offers three albums Dragonfly, Quasar, and Liquid Dancers by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The closely affiliated Black Saint and Soul Note labels were established in the 1970s by Italian jazz lover Giacomo Pellicciotti, and together they released some of the most forward-thinking jazz recordings on the market during their four decades of independent existence both labels were acquired by another company in 2008. In 2011, the labels' new owner began releasing a series of budget-priced box sets documenting the complete output of particular artists, each individual disc housed in an LP-style cardboard sleeve. This one features four albums by reedman and noted avant-cool composer Jimmy Giuffre. The box offers three albums Dragonfly, Quasar, and Liquid Dancers by the Jimmy Giuffre 4, which included keyboardist Pete Levin, bassist Bob Nieske, and drummer Randy Kaye. The fourth disc Conversations with a Goose is a trio date on which Giuffre is joined by pianist Paul Bley and electric bassist Steve Swallow. On the three quartet albums, all of them released between 1981 and 1991, Giuffre's style is clearly influenced by the electric fusion sounds of the 1970s and 1980s: Levin's keyboards range over a huge spectrum of electronic timbres and effects, and while the rhythms always gravitate back to an easy swing, they wander off into some interesting areas from time to time as well. Conversations with a Goose is a very different album: here Giuffre sticks to clarinet and soprano saxophone, and the pieces are quieter, more intimate, and almost contemplative. The free expressionism that has always been a hallmark of Giuffre's mature style is well in evidence, and the interplay between the three players is consistently compelling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2012
  • Label: Black Saint
  • EAN: 8052405140425
  • Catalog Number: 1016
  • Sales rank: 161,420

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dragonfly - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (5:15)
  2. 2 Cool - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (5:55)
  3. 3 In Between - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (4:43)
  4. 4 Moonlight - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (4:47)
  5. 5 J To J - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (4:06)
  6. 6 Sad Truth - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (3:16)
  7. 7 Stella By Starlight - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (5:37)
  8. 8 Squirrels - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (5:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Quasar - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (5:24)
  2. 2 Frog Legs - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (5:18)
  3. 3 Phantom - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (5:04)
  4. 4 Spirits - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (3:29)
  5. 5 Wolf Soup - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (4:13)
  6. 6 Shadows - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (3:43)
  7. 7 2nd Step - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (5:50)
  8. 8 Night Ride - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (6:46)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Liquid Dancer - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (4:29)
  2. 2 Koko-Nut - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (4:46)
  3. 3 Runnin' From the Rain - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (4:20)
  4. 4 I Would - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (3:49)
  5. 5 Move With the Times - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (3:56)
  6. 6 Subway - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (6:25)
  7. 7 Vision - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (3:25)
  8. 8 The Teacher - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (4:12)
  9. 9 If I Was - The Jimmy Giuffre 4 (4:39)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Conversations With a Goose - Steve Swallow (5:09)
  2. 2 The Flock is In - Steve Swallow (1:58)
  3. 3 Echo Through the Canyon - Steve Swallow (0:45)
  4. 4 Three Ducks - Steve Swallow (1:17)
  5. 5 Watchin' the River - Steve Swallow (5:07)
  6. 6 Campfire - Steve Swallow (2:45)
  7. 7 Cobra - Steve Swallow (10:11)
  8. 8 Among the High Rocks - Steve Swallow (1:44)
  9. 9 White Peaks - Steve Swallow (5:26)
  10. 10 Calls In the Night - Steve Swallow (6:10)
  11. 11 Lonely Days - Steve Swallow (5:39)
  12. 12 Jungle Critters - Steve Swallow (8:31)
  13. 13 Restless - Steve Swallow (3:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Giuffre Primary Artist, Clarinet, Flute, Bass Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Paul Bley Piano
Pete Levin Keyboards, Electric Piano, Moog Synthesizer, oberheim, Group Member
Steve Swallow Electric Bass
Bob Nieske Bass, Electric Bass, Group Member
Randy Kaye Percussion, Drums, Marimbas, Group Member
Technical Credits
Paul Bley Composer
Jimmy Giuffre Composer
Pete Levin Composer
Steve Swallow Composer
Giovanni Bonandrini Producer
Gennaro Carone Mastering
Bob Nieske Composer, Back Cover Photo
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
Paolo Falascone Engineer
Michael Flower Cover Photo
Elena Carminati Cover Photo
Philippe Carles Liner Notes
Maria Bonandrini Cover Art
Jack Jones Engineer, Back Cover Photo
Juanita Odjenar Giuffre Composer, Cover Design, Paintings, Cover Art, Cover Painting, Cover Photo
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