Fly Away Little Bird

Fly Away Little Bird

by Jimmy Giuffre


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Why aren't there more recordings like Fly Away Little Bird? Perhaps it's because there aren't more musicians of this stature. The studio reunion of the legendarily experimental Jimmy Giuffre 3 in 1992 was reissued in 2003 on the French Sunnyside label and is a radical departure from anything the trio had done in the past. These studio apparitions of the band are their most seamlessly accessible while being wildly exploratory. In addition to the consummate improvisations and compositions by Giuffre (title track, a redone "Tumbleweed"), the tender meditations by Steve Swallow ("Fits" and "Starts"), and the bottom-register contrapuntal improves by Paul Bley ("Qualude"), this is a trio recording that uses standards such as "Lover Man," a radically and gorgeously reworked "I Can't Get Started," "Sweet and Lovely," and "All the Things You Are" to state hidden textural possibilities inside chromatic harmony. There is never the notion of restraint in the slow, easy, and proactive way these compositions are approached. Rather, they are traced along spectral melodic frameworks and opened up from the space provided by not having a drummer, allowing for tonal exploration and group interaction to meet in the center of a composition and grow it out to all three sides of a triangle. The moving emotions that swirl around inside these (mostly) light melodies are the most captivating and aesthetically beautiful this group has ever committed to tape. Here is a stellar display of the intricacies of musical communication as it happens and how achingly beautiful a record can be when three men listen carefully to one another's secret hearts.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2003
Label: Sunnyside
UPC: 0016728350426
catalogNumber: 3504

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Giuffre   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals
Paul Bley   Piano
Steve Swallow   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Paul Bley   Composer
Jimmy Giuffre   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Steve Swallow   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Gus Arnheim   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Francois LeMaire   Producer
Jean-Jacques Pussiau   Producer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
Philippe Carles   Liner Notes
Richard Laird   Portrait Photography
Bernard Amiard   Art Direction
Jules LeMare (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Harry Tobias   Composer
Gérard Rouy   English Translations
Jimmy Davis   Composer
David Baker   Engineer
Jean-Marie Guérin   Engineer

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