Four Brothers, Jimmy Giuffre

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Four Brothers, Jimmy Giuffre
Year of Composition: 1958    
Steve Willis

Composer Biography

1921 — 2008

Giuffre, Jimmy, has been labeled alternately a pioneer of cool, of "folk jazz," and of hopelessly abstract impressionism. While it is possible to find elements in this music that could satisfy any of these criteria, there is something unique about him that successfully avoids easy pigeon-holing. Always preferring the simple to the elaborate, he delivers up melodies that are bare naked, open-ended, and airy. In the 1940's, as a member of Woody Herman's big band, he wrote Four Brothers as a sax section feature.