Recorded by ART FARMER & BENNY GOLSON on HERE AND NOW
Mercury: MG 20698 (LP) / Recorded February 28, 1962
Another influential group in the late '50s and '60s was the Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet. ART FARMER's contribution featured his own lyrical trumpet over this moody blues ensemble. This is another piece that's great for beginners.
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Trombone, Baritone Sax
3rd part: Trombone, Baritone Sax
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
The head, which begins with horns alone, then adds the rhythm section, is full of dissonant voicings that require good intonation and confidence. But when they're played well, they sound great. The slow tempo requires concentration to keep it from creeping up or bogging down, but it makes for a deep, musically rewarding performance. This is a great arrangement for a less experienced group who wants to explore some deeper musical concepts without being overburdened with technical issues.
SOLOS: The solos, which are over slow blues changes, will not pose any technical difficulties, but they're an important step in the development of a young player because he or she will be challenged to come up with something interesting at a restrained tempo. Try analyzing Art Farmer's choice of notes: it's a beautiful and enriching experience.
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ART FARMER (1928-1999) Art Farmer has long been admired for his lyrical playing. Starting on trumpet, he switched to Flugelhorn, helping to popularize the instrument. He played professionally since the 1940s, when he played in the bands of Jay McShann, Benny Carter, Gerald Wilson and others. He worked with Gigi Gryce, Horace Silver and Gerry Mulligan in the 1950s and co-led the Jazztet with Benny Golson from 1959-62. Art Farmer lived in Europe since the late 1960s but returned to the U.S. often to record and tour. He has recorded numerous albums as a leader, including several within the last few years.
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