Art Farmer – Something to Live For “The Music of Billy Strayhorn” {Contemporary}

Review by Scott Yanow (

This very logical set is a real gem. The lyrical fl├╝gelhornist Art Farmer and his quintet (which consists of tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, pianist James Williams, bassist Rufus Reid, and drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith) interpret seven of Billy Strayhorn’s compositions. Highlights include “Isfahan,” “Johnny Come Lately,” “Raincheck,” and the title cut. Farmer brings the right combination of sensitivity, swing, respect for the melody, and creativity to these renditions and the results are quite memorable.

01 – Isfahan
02 – Bloodcount
03 – Johnny Come Lately
04 – Something to Live For
05 – Upper Manhattan Medical Group
06 – Raincheck
07 – Daydream

Art Farmer – fluegelhorn
Clifford Jordan – tenor saxophone
James Williams – piano
Rufus Reid – bass
Marvin “Smitty” Smith – drums

Recorded at Secret Sound Studios, New York City; January 14 & 15, 1987.
Year: 1987; style: Cool, Post-Bop

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, scans


Art Farmer – Maiden Voyage {DENON}

Review by Ken Dryden (

From the outside cover this CD looks promising, with seven jazz classics, including “Blue Bossa,” “Naima” and “Blue In Green,” performed by the always enjoyable flugelhornist. But his impeccable tone and superb solos can’t overcome the often overbearing studio orchestra. The rhythm section is anchored by bassist Ron Carter and drummer Jack DeJohnette, though producer/arranger/conductor Masahiko Satoh’s piano playing isn’t on the same level as the rest of the quartet. While the music is well played, there are many fine Art Farmer CDs available that deserve your attention before this one.

01 – Nica’s Dream
02 – Ruby My Dear
03 – Blue Bossa
04 – Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
05 – Blue in Green
06 – Maiden Voyage
07 – Naima

Art Farmer – flugelhorn
Masahiko Satoh – acoustic piano, rhodes piano
Ron Carter – bass
Jack De Johnette – drums

Recorded and mixed at A&R Studios, New York City in April, 1983

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork