Jimmy Giuffre

Momentum, Willisau 1988

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A set of live duets and solos by two reed players would not seem to have much potential except maybe in avant-garde jazz, but this recital is actually quite melodic, makes use of space, and holds one's interest throughout. Veteran Jimmy Giuffre (heard here on clarinet and soprano) and André Jaume (doubling on tenor and bass clarinet) perform obscure and mostly spontaneous originals. The fairly basic themes contrast sound and silence, and the thoughtful renditions contain subtle surprises and fine interplay. A sleeper that is well worth picking up.

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