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Genres: Jazz, Pop
In 1953, when these very fine recordings began, Art Farmer was still only 25 years old, but he had already been recognized for his engaging, balanced, and reserved playing. It was lyrical and warm at whatever tempo. On tru... more »
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In 1953, when these very fine recordings began, Art Farmer was still only 25 years old, but he had already been recognized for his engaging, balanced, and reserved playing. It was lyrical and warm at whatever tempo. On trumpet and flügelhorn, he softened hard bop into an individual style that was accommodating and open. He relaxed into tunes, then produced crystal clarity and sentiment while remaining close to a tonal center. Those qualities are apparent on these recordings, made over three years just after Farmer had moved to New York from L.A.'s Central Avenue scene. They feature choice performances by an evolving lineup that included such fine players as Charlie Rouse on tenor, Quincy Jones and Horace Silver on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. --Peter Monaghan
Lovely variations on the "Birth of the Cool" style....
Matthew Watters | Vietnam | 01/23/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"These eight selections, originally released as two 10-inch records in the early 1950s, all feature the lovely trumpet of Art Farmer but are really showcases for two contrasting arrangers, both of whom are clearly inspired by the Miles Davis "Birth of Cool" sessions, which featured similar line-ups of a lead trumpet voice against ensembles of darker horns like trombone and baritone sax. Quincy Jones fully adopts the timbres and tonalities of "Birth of Cool" but already displays his funkier, more "pop" soul sensibilities in his arrangements, even in these early sets. Gigi Gryce, on the other hand, takes the instrumental line-up and returns it to a brighter, harder-edged sound, more clearly in the "East Coast" hard-bop school. The Jones tunes end up being the clear winners in this side-by-side comparison, but all eight tracks are charming."
Get To The Farm Before It's Gone
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 10/31/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
""The Art Farmer Septet" features selctions from three different sessions. The first four tracks are from July 2, 1953 wih the septet of Farmer on trumpet, Jimmy Cleveland on trombone, Cliff Solomon on tenor sax, Oscar Estell on baritone sax, Quincy Jones on piano, Monk Montgomery on electric bass and Sonny Johnson on drums. Tracks 5-8 are from June 7, 1954 and again it's a septet with Farmer and Cleveland, this time joined by Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, Danny Bank on baritone sax, Horace Silver on piano, Percy Heath on bass and Art Taylor on drums. The last track, "When Your Lover Has Gone," is actually performed by a quartet and also appears on Two Trumpets, leaving me to wonder why they bothered to include it here. Overall, solid dates with much better things still to come from the Farmer."