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This 110+ page collection of music by Jimmy Giuffre is known as a “Combo-Orks” or a small group orchestration book, and it includes three folios each with top and bottom parts, with books in Bb, C, and Eb. Each book includes chords for accompaniment with Piano, Guitar, Accordion, or Strings, which means you can make an ensemble out of whatever group you have on hand. You can take your small combo to gigs, weddings, and clubs and use these melodies and counter melodies to make your own custom arrangements.
Jimmy Giuffre was a quiet and intense young man with a singular creative touch. He wrote and played for Woody Hermon, Boyd Raeburn, Buddy Rich, Jerry Gray, Stan Kenton, and many more of the nation’s leading bandsmen.
Jimmy played clarinet and tenor sax since he was a lad in Texas, and he approaches composition most naturally as a performer. His Work is generally melodic and “linear” in character. “This style of writing,” he says, “gives the players the feeling of individuality that’s so important to jazz. Besides, I think it gives the listener more variety. I also use less rhythm section than is usual because I believe that this, too, provides more clarity and less monotony.”