Perception (Art Farmer album)

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Studio album by Art Farmer
Released 1964
Recorded October 25, 26 & 27, 1961
Nola Penthouse Studio, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 33:57
Label Argo
Producer Kay Norton
Art Farmer chronology
The Jazztet at Birdhouse
(1961)The Jazztet at Birdhouse1961
Here and Now
(1962)Here and Now1962
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Perception is an album by flugelhorn player Art Farmer's Quartet, featuring performances recorded in 1961 and originally released on the Argo label.[2]


This was Farmer's second album as leader for Argo, and the first recording on which he played only flugelhorn.[3]:10 The three other musicians were all part of the Jazztet, a sextet that Farmer co-led.[3]:11

Music and recording[edit]

"Punsu" (formerly "Pon-su") is a 32-bar composition in the form AABCB; "the B sections acting as four-bar tags to the main melody and the bridge".[3]:11 "The Day After" is a ballad that hints at modal influences.[3]:11 "Lullaby of the Leaves" has just Farmer and bassist Williams for the first chorus, while the flugelhorn joins the latter half of the choruses by bass and piano.[3]:11 "Kayin'" features strong playing by Williams and is an acknowledgement of the album's producer, Kay Norton.[3]:11


The Allmusic review stated "This is a gorgeous record, full of light and airiness; it showcases the depth rather than the breadth of Farmer's contribution".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Art Farmer except as indicated

  1. "Punsu" – 5:14
  2. "The Day After" (Tom McIntosh) – 2:25
  3. "Lullaby of the Leaves" (Bernice Petkere, Joe Young) – 4:18
  4. "Kayin'" – 3:57
  5. "Tonk" (Ray Bryant) – 4:37
  6. "The Blue Room" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 3:58
  7. "Change Partners" (Irving Berlin) – 5:23
  8. "Nobody's Heart" (Hart, Rodgers) – 4:05



  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom Allmusic Review accessed June 21, 2012
  2. ^ Art Farmer discography accessed June 21, 2012
  3. ^ a b c d e f Blumenthal, Bob (2004) In The Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions [CD liner notes]. Mosaic.