Friday, April 25, 2008

Jimmy Giuffre, 1921-2008

Sad news that the great Jimmy Giuffre has died, just two days before his 87th birthday.

One of the giants on the clarinet, Giuffre's band with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow was groundbreaking and remains one of the benchmarks for many improvisers.

Update: Watch for my appreciation of Jimmy Giuffre's life in the August (Critics Poll) issue of DownBeat, out July 15.

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