UNDERRATED: Jimmy Guiffre

Splitting time between clarinet and tenor saxophone, Guiffre was a lesser known yet still influential figure in jazz up to his death in 2008. This year may bring a welcome lift to his profile with the rich, Guiffre-inspired "Riverside" album from trumpeter Dave Douglas and "The Jimmy Guiffre 3&4: New York Concerts," a bracing, odd-angled live set from 1965 that at times recalls Ornette Coleman with a restless, freewheeling spirit that still sounds ahead of its time.

Splitting time between clarinet and tenor saxophone, Guiffre was a lesser known yet still influential figure in jazz up to his death in 2008. This year may bring a welcome lift to his profile with the rich, Guiffre-inspired "Riverside" album from trumpeter Dave Douglas and "The Jimmy Guiffre 3&4: New York Concerts," a bracing, odd-angled live set from 1965 that at times recalls Ornette Coleman with a restless, freewheeling spirit that still sounds ahead of its time.

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