Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Art Farmer Quintet "Art Farmer Quintet featuring Gigi Gryce"

Art Farmer Quintet
(LP Prestige Records, 1955)
Catalog # PRLP 7017

Personnel & Tracklisting:
Art Farmer - Trumpet

Gigi Gryce - Alto Sax
Duke Jordan - Piano
Addison Farmer - Bass
Philly Joe Jones - Drums

Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, October 21, 1955

804 Forecast
805 Sans Souci
806 Evening in Casablanca
807 Satellite
808 Nica's Tempo
809 Shabozz

also issued on New Jazz NJLP 8289 entitled "Art Farmer - Evening In Casablanca". Fantasy OJC 241, OJCCD 241-2.

Review :
During 1955, trumpeter Art Farmer had a short-lived quintet with altoist Gigi Gryce, but because neither of the co-leaders were big names at the time, the band did not last long. Fortunately, they did record two albums of material, of which this reissue (originally known as Evening in Casablanca) was the second. In addition to Farmer and Gryce, the unit includes pianist Duke Jordan, bassist Addison Farmer, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. With the exception of Duke Jordan's "Forecast," the cool-toned hard bop date consists entirely of Gryce compositions, of which "Evening in Casablanca" and "Nice's Tempo" are best known. Excellent music well deserving a close listen.
by Scott Yanow (AMG)

By Rob

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