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Portrait of Art Farmer
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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robert s maloney | greenacres, FL United States | 01/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own this record. I'm buying it on cd just for convenience. Art's ideas are beautiful. Louis Hayes on drums is on top of the flow. It would seem that the songs were well rehearsed before the final edit. If you like Art Farmer, get this."
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Eric C. Sedensky | Madison, AL, US | 11/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I suppose that in the annals of jazz trumpeters, Art Farmer's name is not one that leaps to most minds. Even as a bit of a trumpet aficionado myself, he was far down on my list of artists to learn about. Since picking up this recording, however, he has moved up quickly. His tone is impeccable, and while he lacks Miles Davis' minimalism, Kenny Dorham's brightness, and Fats Navarro's sensitivity, he toots out in a style that is fundamentally solid and artistically balanced. The direction he goes in is always the direction the songs wants to go in. Speaking of which, one of the best features of this recording is the relative obscurity of the songs. In addition to some of Art's originals, there are a smattering of jazz would-be-standards, great songs that simply aren't covered enough, in my opinion. Farmer's backing band includes his equally intrepid brother Addison on bass, the always reliable Hank Jones on piano, and the ubiquitous and timeless Roy Haynes on drum, arguably a legendary rhythm section, and they support and accentuate their leader very capably. This is just a well-executed, interesting, enjoyable recording, and as a first exposure to the work of Art Farmer, I think it is wonderful. I look forward to obtaining many more of Farmer's recordings in the near future, and I know I'll like them even if they are only half as good as this one."
Bomojaz | South Central PA, USA | 02/05/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This 1958 Contemporary album points out the minimalist side of Art Farmer's playing. He plays trumpet without any use of vibrato and his approach is similar to Miles Davis's modal playing of the time: bare- and sparse. Never actually a cold or intellectually forbidding player, he gives the impression of purposely distancing himself from his surroundings. Interestingly, he notes in the liners that he admired the tune BY MYSELF because of its lyric "I'll face the unknown and build a world of my own." That aloneness comes through clearly here. Pianist Hank Jones is the other front-line player on this quartet date, and his single-note playing, especially on THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU and NITA, seems expansive in contrast to Art's diminutiveness. Only once before (and only a few times later) did Farmer record without another horn player joining him, and I find the results better with that extra support. This is a good album, but others, (his next one, for example, MODERN ART) are more satisfying."