Sunday, March 25, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Album:Out Of The Past
Along with Clark Terry, trumpeter Art Farmer was largely responsible for popularizing the flugelhorn in jazz. He was born Aug. 21, 1928 in Council Bluffs, IA. His twin brother Addison Farmer was a bass player. By 1945 he was a fixture on the Los Angeles jazz scene. He played for all kinds of bands and recorded as a leader for Prestige. He moved to New York in 1953 and played with Horace Silver & Gerry Mulligan. He started his own band with sax player Benny Golson in 1959. This 1996 CD Out Of The Past covers that time. It's a comp of two albums he recorded for the Chess subsidiary Argo. The Ray Bryant song Tonk is from the 1961 album Perception. Musicians are Harold Mabern on piano, Ron McCurdy on bass and Tommy Williams Jr. on drums. Farmer formed a group with guitarist Jim Hall in 1964. This video performance of Bilbao & Darn That Dream is from 1964 and also appearing is Steve Swallow on bass and Pete LaRoca on drums. Farmer moved to Vienna in 1968 and continued to be in demand until his death on Oct, 4, 1999 in New York at age 71. Art Farmer was a very underrated musician and well worth a listen.