ARTistry

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Art Farmer's stay at Concord Jazz was relatively brief. The ex-trumpeter turned full-time flugelhornist only recorded two albums for Concord -- A Work of Art in 1981 and Warm Valley in 1982 -- both of which were produced by the late Concord founder Carl Jefferson. In 2001, Concord reissued the acoustic hard bop dates back to back as the two-CD set ARTistry. Farmer excels on both albums, which isn't surprising because his work was quite consistent in the '80s. A Work of Art and Warm Valley both find the improviser leading quartets; neither album uses a saxophonist and both feature a young Fred Hersch on piano. But while A Work of Art employs Bob Bodley on bass and Billy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Art Farmer's stay at Concord Jazz was relatively brief. The ex-trumpeter turned full-time flugelhornist only recorded two albums for Concord -- A Work of Art in 1981 and Warm Valley in 1982 -- both of which were produced by the late Concord founder Carl Jefferson. In 2001, Concord reissued the acoustic hard bop dates back to back as the two-CD set ARTistry. Farmer excels on both albums, which isn't surprising because his work was quite consistent in the '80s. A Work of Art and Warm Valley both find the improviser leading quartets; neither album uses a saxophonist and both feature a young Fred Hersch on piano. But while A Work of Art employs Bob Bodley on bass and Billy Hart on drums, Farmer is joined by bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Akira Tana on Warm Valley. As one might expect, the Bill Evans-influenced Hersch is a major asset on both albums. Hersch's pianism is perfect for these sessions because, like Farmer, he is swinging but extremely lyrical. For Farmer, bop wasn't just about how many notes you could play or how fast you could play them; it was about being expressive and telling a story, and Hersch felt the same way, which is why the musicians enjoy such a strong rapport on material that ranges from Tommy Flanagan's "Eclypso" and Billy Strayhorn's "Upper Manhattan Medical Group" to three Hersch pieces: "One for Sam," "And Now There's You," and "Summersong." ARTistry falls short of essential, but it's still a highly rewarding example of how great Farmer sounded in the '80s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2001
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431497424
  • Catalog Number: 4974

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Art Farmer Quartet Primary Artist
Art Farmer Indexed Contributor, Flugelhorn
Ray Drummond Bass
Billy Hart Drums
Fred Hersch Piano
Bob Bodley Bass
Akira Tana Drums
Technical Credits
Leonard Feather Liner Notes
John Burk Executive Producer
Stanley Crouch Liner Notes
Phil Edwards Engineer
George Horn Mastering
Carl Jefferson Producer
Nick Phillips Reissue Producer
Ed Trabanco Engineer
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Miles Keseltine Composer
Jonny Green Composer
Mark Servaes Composer
Carl E. Jefferson Producer
Tony Holland Composer
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