The Art Farmer Septet

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The Art Farmer Septet
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Studio album by Art Farmer
Released 1956 (1956)
Recorded July 2, 1953 and June 7, 1954
Studio New York City and Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Length 33:00
Label Prestige
Producer Bob Weinstock and Ira Gitler
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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.[1] 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).[2]

All of the players on the 1953 recording, except drummer Sonny Johnson, were at that time members of the Lionel Hampton Orchestra.[3] Johnson was a previous associate of bass player Monk Montgomery, from Indiana.[4]


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

AllMusic called the album "An excellent early hard bop set".[5] 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".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Art Farmer and Quincy Jones except where noted.

  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 | Jazz | Discography". Wayback Machine/All About Jazz. January 15, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ Interview with Chuck Rainey, Bass Heroes, ed. Tom Mulhern, 1993, pp165.
  3. ^ Mario Schneeberger. "The european Tour of Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra, 1953" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  4. ^ Album liner notes by Ira Gitler
  5. ^ a b Scott Yanow. "The Art Farmer Septet – Art Farmer, Art Farmer Septet". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  6. ^ Cook, Richard and Morton, Brian (2008) The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.), Penguin, p. 469, ISBN 978-0141034010