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Free Fall [Import]

Jimmy GiuffreAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 1, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy Euro
  • ASIN: B0000247OV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Propulsion
2. Three We
3. Ornothoids
4. Dichotomy
5. Man Alone
6. Spasmodic
7. Yggdrasill
8. Divided Man
9. Primordial Call
10. The Five Ways
11. Present Notion [#][*]
12. Motion Suspended
13. Future Plans [#][*]
14. Past Mistakes [#][*]
15. Time Will Tell [#][*]
16. Let's See [#][*]

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars twelve tonality meets jazz June 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
mr. giuffre took a hard left turn as the 1960s opened making him almost unrecognizable to his original fans (he was part of woody herman's thundering herd and has a single enshrined in the grammy hall of fame), exploring european classical structures and sound in general, much like cecil taylor, ornette coleman, and, later, john coltrane. on this record, we hear the experiment in its fullest expression: tension building silences, two and three note conversations in the trio format, angular rhythms and spiky tonalities. each piece unfolds with each note played, drawing the listener in, but it requires attention. this is not background music, this must be LISTENED to for it make its impact. mr. bley continues to reval his avant-cool expression of the '50s and '60s and the real treasure here is steve swallow-- an early example of his bass meisterwork. this is an enjoyable free jazz work with highlights being the clarinet solo pieces (ornothoids, divided man, man alone) and the long piece 'five ways'which really lets us hear the trio at work. a fascinating gem from the early free jazz period.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars penultimate clarinet musings from the master October 7, 1998
Format:Audio CD
This album is all the evidence necessary to secure giuffre's place as the genius who pioneered the clarinet's place as a valid free jazz voice. "FREE FALL" takes the massive advancements made by the triumvirate of giuffre, bley & swallow on earlier (& equally essential) ablums such as, "THESIS" & "FUSION" to the nth degree of creativity. Comprised of duos, trios & a multitude of sublime solo clarinet reflections this disc is a pleasure from the first plaintive strains of 'propulsion' to the closing whispers of 'let's see'...but don't take my word for it, do your ears a favor & pick-up this far-reaching slice of avant chamber jazz & see where everyone from anthony braxton to perry robinson first got their chops.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! It should be more famous February 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I came to this album as a fan of free jazz (and indeed free improvisation) who was chiefly interested in Jimmy Giuffre because he'd played with Jim Hall, a mainstream jazz guitarist whose work I love. I read the back of the CD with a certain amount of surprise, as I'd never heard Giuffre's stuff and assumed on the basis of descriptions I'd read of his work that he was a fairly mainstream figure.

Imagine my surprise. 'Free Fall' is nothing less than one of the most ground-breaking and brilliant recordings in jazz, an essential counterpart to other more famous (and equally fine) contemporary ventures into pure improvisation like Ornette Coleman's 'Free Jazz' and John Coltrane's 'Ascension'. Giuffre's album sounds nothing like either of those great recordings, but it is no less intense, imaginative and ahead of its time.

The clarinet is an instrument that I normally associate with older jazz, apart of course from the bass clarinet of the late great Eric Dolphy, and Giuffre's playing here is a revelation (at least, to me). His attention to timbre and tone is acute. Some of this music reminds me (in a good way) of the chamber music of one of my favourite modern composers, Anton Webern. Paul Bley and Steve Swallow provide forward-thinking and acute accompaniment on a good number of the cuts, but I think that this is really Giuffre's record. He summons up a huge variety of moods from the humble clarinet.

This CD has changed my mental picture of the history of jazz. It ought to be on anyone's top 10 list of great avant-jazz recordings of the 60s. Not to be missed.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strange musical exploration worth investigation February 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those albums which, before you can be truly critical of it, you must understand what it is.
This album was made with the understanding that some, indeed maybe large chunks, may not "work", or that it may only appeal or connect with small numbers of people. When reviewed with this understanding in mind I must give it 4 stars; the album is a unique direction in free jazz; the jazz rhythm section was very much still a part of free jazz at this point and the idea of taking more of a "Euro" approach, with a chamber "ensemble" idea (and henceforth removing the pulsating drums), is an interesting one.
It has always been easy for me to detect whether free music is just self indulgent junk or intelligently crafted sound sculpture, and this one is firmly in the latter category. In the lp notes, Swallow discusses the long rehearsals and the intensity of them. You can hear the results of this hard work in the album.
However this album stops just short of total perfection for my taste; I think that the group should have been exploited far more; "The Five Ways" works so much better than the solo clarinet improvisations; the solo things are fine, but the balance between those and the ensemble numbers are not quite where they should be.
However, this sort of problem always exists with records that try to reinvent the musical wheel, so this is certainly forgiveable; had the group stayed on longer in the sixties they probably would have had records that would develop on what worked so well on Free Fall.
Still, this album is a classic; as a composer and guitarist there is much for me to learn from Giuffre's unique approach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars jimmy giuffre - free fall
I have several of his.....this is my favorite. Great will take you away. You even forget it is avant garde. To me it's just music, great music. Read more
Published 9 months ago by rmager
1.0 out of 5 stars If you don't love Ornette Coleman, You'll hate this.
This is pure "Free Jazz" --it is totally devoid of a recognizable form. If you are looking for melody, harmony, and rhythm (i.e. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. T. Stasiak
5.0 out of 5 stars No comments. Just Pleasure.
I feel that this record does not really need to be explained.
I would place it in a list with some few rare seminal experimental music records
made by jazz... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Here in the Trench
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic Giuffre
Another Giuffre gem. Clever and innovative. If you enjoy clarinet small ensemble work this jazz will likely satisfy you. Read more
Published on November 23, 2007 by J. Pour
4.0 out of 5 stars Out on a Limb
There once was a Lennie Tristano tune called "Out on a Limb", but while the pianist's contributions to the realm of free music has been known for decades, this Giuffre... Read more
Published on February 23, 2002 by Early Autumn
5.0 out of 5 stars If you gush over Streisand and Diana Ross, this is not for u
Too bad Mickey Trotter's one-star review had to pull this down. Check out his More About Me page....stick with Motown and La Streisand, Mick. Read more
Published on August 6, 2001 by Indian music lover
4.0 out of 5 stars exquisite
i ran across Jimmy Giuffre on accident. i only picked him up because of my devout love of Paul Bley. but this record, and anything really with this trio, is excellent. Read more
Published on May 11, 2000 by teresa ruggles
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal album
Absolutely stunning. Listening to this cd, one can hear its influence on modern day reed geniuses like Evan Parker.
Published on December 24, 1999 by triiiangle
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