Art Farmer: Modern Art

A critics-picks reissue of 50s modern jazz standards

Art Farmer
Modern Art
Poll Winners Recordings

The urbane clarity of Art Farmer’s trumpet and Benny Golson’s rococo tenor sax were a frequently recorded perfect match in the first flush of 50s modern jazz.

Both spun seamless melodies, swung with finesse and were standout composer/arrangers – the bluesy “Mox Nix” kick-starts this standards-heavy programme.

A young Bill Evans adds his featherlight pianist’s touch and the album won five stars from trade magazine Downbeat when first issued in 1958 – though add-ons don’t quite match. Like others in this series of critics-picks reissues, the album stands up well.

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2016. All rights reserved. You may share using our article tools. Please don't cut articles from and redistribute by email or post to the web.

More on this topic

Suggestions below based on Music