April 23, 2011 12:22 am

James Farm: James Farm

James Farm

James Farm

 

(Nonesuch)

4 star rating

James Farm might sound like a slice of Bill Frisell’s Americana, but is actually a collaborative quartet featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman with pianist Aaron Parks and drummer Eric Harland in the rhythm section – the title references the birthplace of the James Brothers of Western legend.

The vibe is distinctly urban, though more alt-rock than street. The song-form structures are simple with tuneful themes and grungy beats, but once stated, they morph into the contemporary complexities of story-telling linear jazz.

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