The Art Farmer Septet

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The Art Farmer Septet
Studio album by Art Farmer
Released 1956
Recorded July 2, 1953 and June 7, 1954
New York City and Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Length 33:00
Label Prestige
P 7031
Producer Bob Weinstock and Ira Gitler
Art Farmer chronology
The Art Farmer Septet
Early Art

The Art Farmer Septet is the debut album by trumpeter Art Farmer, featuring performances recorded in 1953 and 1954, arranged by Quincy Jones and Gigi Gryce, and released on the Prestige label.[1] The cover art was done by cartoonist Don Martin.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

The Allmusic review called the album "An excellent early hard bop set".[2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz commented that the album demonstrates that Farmer's "style was already firmly in place: a pensive restraint on ballads, a fleet yet soberly controlled attack on uptempo tunes, and a concern for tonal manipulation within a small range of inflexions".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Art Farmer and Quincy Jones except as indicated

  1. "Mau Mau" – 5:15
  2. "Work Of Art" – 5:46
  3. "The Little Bandmaster" – 4:06
  4. "Up In Quincy's Room" (Gigi Gryce) – 4:00
  5. "Wildwood" (Gryce) – 2:55
  6. "Evening In Paris" (Quincy Jones) – 2:41
  7. "Elephant Walk" (Jones) – 3:25
  8. "Tia Juana" (Gryce) – 4:52
  • Recorded in New York City on July 2, 1953 (tracks 1–4) and at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey on June 7, 1954 (tracks 5–8)



  1. ^ Art Farmer discography accessed June 18, 2012
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed June 18, 2012
  3. ^ Cook, Richard and Morton, Brian (2008) The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.), Penguin, p. 469.