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