Art Farmer – The Touch (2018)

Art Farmer - The Touch (2018)
Artist: Art Farmer
Album: The Touch
Label: nagel heyer records
Year Of Release: 2018
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

01. It Ain’t Necessarily So
02. Park Avenue Petite
03. Days of Wine and Roses
04. Serenata
05. I Remember Clifford
06. In Love in Vain
07. Avalon
08. Whisper Not
09. Blues March
10. My Kinda Love
11. Mox Nix
12. Sometime Ago
13. Richie’s Dilemma
14. This Nearly Was Mine
15. Embraceable You
16. Just in Time
17. Along Came Betty
18. Rue Prevail
19. Sonny’s Back
20. Ruby, My Dear
21. Killer Joe
22. Space Station


Largely overlooked during his formative years, Art Farmer’s consistently inventive playing was more greatly appreciated as he continued to develop. Along with Clark Terry, Farmer helped to popularize the flügelhorn among brass players. His lyricism gave his bop-oriented style its own personality. Farmer studied piano, violin, and tuba before settling on trumpet. He worked in Los Angeles from 1945 on, performing regularly on Central Avenue and spending time in the bands of Johnny Otis, Jay McShann, Roy Porter, Benny Carter, and Gerald Wilson among others; some of the groups also included his twin brother, bassist Addison Farmer (1928-1963). After playing with Wardell Gray (1951-1952) and touring Europe with Lionel Hampton’s big band (1953), Farmer moved to New York and worked with Gigi Gryce (1954-1956), Horace Silver’s Quintet (1956-1958), and the Gerry Mulligan Quartet (1958-1959). Farmer, who made many recordings in the latter half of the ’50s (including with Quincy Jones and George Russell and on some jam-session dates for Prestige) co-led the Jazztet with Benny Golson (1959-1962) and then had a group with Jim Hall (1962-1964). He moved to Vienna in 1968 where he joined the Austrian Radio Orchestra, worked with the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band and toured with his own units. Starting in the ’80s, Farmer visited the U.S. more often and remained greatly in demand up until his death on October 4, 1999. Farmer recorded many sessions as a leader throughout the years for Prestige, Contemporary, United Artists, Argo, Mercury, Atlantic, Columbia, CTI, Soul Note, Optimism, Concord, Enja, and Sweet Basil. ~ Scott Yanow

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