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Argo LP Big City Sounds Art The Jazztet and John Lewis I took a gamble on Gambit, on a high-hoped hunch they would follow the lead of time-proven fellow Spain label, Fresh Sound, by issuing these two albums without altering the original audio.
My experiences with '50s-'60s jazz imports other than those from Japan has been an expensive hit-and-miss disappointment, as many are coming to us hideously disfigured by added digital "enhancements" and fake stereo reverb gimmicks often studiply added even to recordings already wet with reverb. Of course, any butchering of the original sound just destroys the artists' and engineer's intended feeling, mood and color of a recording.
And Art's horn just blossoms. To those of you familiar with the RCA 44 BX ribbon mic, if you really want to hear the typically fat warmth that mic imparts on a trumpet, Art's Martin Committee trumpet, these sessions are a definative, exquisite example to study. At these prices, steal this one today. Thank you for reading. I am moved to write this review to counter the 2 star review written almost exactly a year ago.
I consider the "Art" album to be one of the 10 best jazz records ever made. You don't have to agree with this, but please listen to this thoughtful, deeply felt effort by one of the great hornmen of jazz.
The "Penquin Guide" considers this a perfect album. I don't think the second album of this two album CD is quite in the same league. Once Art switched to flugelhorn, I think it diluted the livelier ,sweet, dulcet tones he produced on trumpet, but that is his choice. By the way , this duo album has also been released under title "Out of the Past" on the Chess label. Art is not a star in the same sense that Miles or Clark Terry or others have been.
In fact, he has chosen to be a co-leader with the likes of Benny Golsen and Gigi Gryce rather than be in the spotlight as a leader. However, thankfully, he recorded "Art",which accorded him a chance to shine.
On "Art",the rhythm section is a perfect match for the Art's trumpet. I'd like to focus on the little known bassist Tommy Williams, who is well recorded here, and adds alot as a soloist and section man.
If he has he done anything since , I can't find any record of it. This music swings with an unmatched intimacy and ease.
He achieves the goal he told producer Nat Hentoff he wanted, namely to sound "like he was sitting and talking to just one person. I'm sorry for shortchanging the second album "Perception," which is just fine. It's just that I want to focus on "Art. One person found this helpful. It simply is the best trumpet quartet record I have ever heard. Farmer's incredible lyricism has perhaps only been equaled by Chet Baker at his best. The "Perception" LP is also very fine, if not quite in the league of "Art".
First rate remastering of these recordings from the famous Nola studios is a huge bonus--the LP was always noisy and poorly transfered to LP, at least in domestic versions. Add the wonderful cover painting of Art, and this reissue by Gambit is the highlight of the year. Snap this baby up while you can to enjoy the best Art Farmer on record.
See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Translate all reviews to English. Farmer considered 'Art' to be his favourite album but 'Perception' is not far behind in quality.
The sensitive, inventive and lyrical music on this minute CD deserves a place in any modern jazz collection. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. This CD, comprising two original LPs, is a truly remarkable offering. Farmer is an absolute master of lyricism and the rhythm sections supporting him are in perfect harmony with the trumpet maestro.
It is amazing how, over both LPs, the quartets maintain such a high level of creativity - the momentum simply never flags - which is not easy in a trumpet-led quartet. Styles Cool Hard Bop. Dinner Ambiance Relaxation. Track Listing. So Beats My Heart for You. Goodbye, Old Girl. Who Cares? Out of the Past. Benny Golson. Younger Than Springtime. Irving Berlin. I'm a Fool to Want.
Many of the rich ballads featured, including "So Beats My Heart for You," "Goodbye Old Girl," and "Younger Than Springtime," have fallen out of favor in the early 21st century, but Farmer 's impeccable performances of these chestnuts sound timeless. It is simply impossible or at any rate unnecessary to LP out individual tracks for praise - they are all uniformally exquisite. Speak No Evil. Dinner Ambiance Relaxation. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Have one to sell? Who Cares - Art Farmer - Art (Vinyl Cool Hard Bop. Blues Classical Country. Tommy Flanagan.
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