| Ad Lib
| Jimmy Giuffre|
| Late June/early July 1960|
December 3, 1958
Atlantic Studios, NYC and Lenox, MA
Jimmy Giuffre albums, Jazz albums
Western Suite is an album by American jazz composer and arranger Jimmy Giuffre which was released on the Atlantic label in 1960.
Featuring an unusual trio of clarinet, guitar and valve trombone, the first half of Western Suite is devoted to Giuffre's country music/folk-inspired suite, while the second half features a lengthy and abstract version of the big band standard "Topsy" and a Thelonious Monk song.
Thom Jurek of Allmusic states: "Giuffre, ever the storyteller, advanced the improvisation angle and wrote his score so that each player had to stand on his own as part of the group; there were no comfort zones. Without a rhythm section, notions of interval, extensions, interludes, and so on were out the window. He himself played some of his most retrained yet adventurous solos in the confines of this trio and within the form of this suite. It swung like West Coast jazz, but felt as ambitious as Copland's Billy the Kid".
All compositions by Jimmy Giuffre except as indicated
Jimmy Giuffre - clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
Jim Hall - guitar
Bob Brookmeyer - piano, valve trombone
- "Western Suite"
- "First Movement: Pony Express" - 5:56
- "Second Movement: Apaches" - 4:18
- "Third Movement: Saturday Night Dance" - 2:56
- "Fourth Movement: Big Pow Wow" - 4:28
- "Topsy" (Edgar Battle, Eddie Durham) - 11:28
- "Blue Monk" (Thelonious Monk) - 8:16
1Western Suite I Pony Express5:53Western Suite Wikipedia
2Western Suite II Apaches4:14
3Western Suite III Saturday Night Dance2:55