The Art Farmer Septet
|The Art Farmer Septet|
|Studio album by Art Farmer|
|Recorded||July 2, 1953 and June 7, 1954|
|Studio||New York City and Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey|
|Producer||Bob Weinstock and Ira Gitler|
|Art Farmer chronology|
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 by Prestige Records. The cover art was done by cartoonist Don Martin.
The recordings made on July 2, 1953 are some of the earliest recordings of the electric bass. The four tracks with electric bass, played by Monk Montgomery, display his facility with walking bass lines, bebop melodies, and Latin-style ostinato, (Chuck Rainey said that Monk was the first to record the electric bass).
All of the players on the 1953 recording, except drummer Sonny Johnson, were at that time members of the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. Johnson was a previous associate of bass player Monk Montgomery, from Indiana.
AllMusic called the album "An excellent early hard bop set". 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".
All compositions by Art Farmer and Quincy Jones except where noted.
- "Mau Mau" – 5:15
- "Work Of Art" – 5:46
- "The Little Bandmaster" – 4:06
- "Up In Quincy's Room" (Gigi Gryce) – 4:00
- "Wildwood" (Gryce) – 2:55
- "Evening In Paris" (Quincy Jones) – 2:41
- "Elephant Walk" (Jones) – 3:25
- "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)
- Art Farmer – trumpet
- Jimmy Cleveland – trombone
- Clifford Solomon (tracks 1–4), Charlie Rouse (tracks 5–8) – tenor saxophone
- Oscar Estell (tracks 1–4), Danny Bank (tracks 5–8) – baritone saxophone
- Quincy Jones (tracks 1–4), Horace Silver (tracks 5–8) – piano
- Monk Montgomery – electric bass (tracks 1–4)
- Percy Heath – bass (tracks 5–8)
- Sonny Johnson (tracks 1–4), Art Taylor (tracks 5–8) – drums
- Quincy Jones – percussion (track 1)
- Quincy Jones (tracks 1–4), Gigi Gryce (tracks 5–8) – arrangement
- Doug Hawkins – recording engineer (tracks 1-4)
- Ira Gitler – producer (tracks 1-4)
- Rudy Van Gelder – recording engineer (tracks 5-8)
- Bob Weinstock – producer (tracks 5-8)
- "Art Farmer | Jazz | Discography". Wayback Machine/All About Jazz. January 15, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
- Interview with Chuck Rainey, Bass Heroes, ed. Tom Mulhern, 1993, pp165.
- Mario Schneeberger. "The european Tour of Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra, 1953" (PDF). Jazzdocumentation.ch. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- Album liner notes by Ira Gitler
- Scott Yanow. "The Art Farmer Septet – Art Farmer, Art Farmer Septet". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- Cook, Richard and Morton, Brian (2008) The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.), Penguin, p. 469, ISBN 978-0141034010