Fusion (album)

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Studio album by Jimmy Giuffre
Released 1961
Recorded March 3, 1961
Olmstead Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz, West Coast jazz, cool jazz, third stream, chamber jazz
Label Verve Records, reissued by ECM, 1992
Producer Creed Taylor
Jimmy Giuffre chronology
Trav'lin' Light

Fusion is a 1961 album by the Jimmy Giuffre 3.[1]

The trio on the recording was Giuffre's second drummerless group. He said at the time that the trio was “searching for a free sense of tonality and form”.[2]

It was remastered, remixed and re-released by ECM in 1992 as a double-album with the trio's other 1961-Verve recording, Thesis (with three previously unissued tracks from the August sessions).


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars stating "The debut recording by Jimmy Giuffre's new trio was as startling a new development in Giuffre's music as it was in jazz... The elegance and grace of this album didn't set the American jazz world on fire as Free Fall would the next year, but it did set up further textural and architectural possibilities for the trio's next album, Thesis".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Jesus Maria" (Carla Bley) – 6:17
  2. "Emphasis" – 4:18
  3. "In the Mornings Out There" (Carla Bley) – 6:54
  4. "Scootin' About – 3:39
  5. "Cry, Want" – 5:13
  6. "Brief Hesitation" – 4:19
  7. "Venture" – 4:00
  8. "Afternoon" – 5:15
  9. "Trudgin'" – 4:33

All compositions by Jimmy Giuffre except as indicated.



  1. ^ Fitzgerald, M., Jimmy Giuffre discography, accessed June 29, 2014
  2. ^ Quoted by Steve Lake in sleevenotes for 1992 reissue
  3. ^ a b Jurek, T., Allmusic Review accessed June 26, 2014