Personnel: Art Farmer (trumpet); Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Horace Silver, Wynton Kelly (piano); Percy Heath, Addison Farmer (bass); Kenny Clarke, Herbie Lovelle (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on January 20 and November 9, 1954. Includes liner notes by Joe Goldberg and Mark Gardner.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1996, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Art Farmer (trumpet); Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Horace Silver, Wynton Kelly (piano); Kenny Clarke, Herb Lovelle (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Liner Note Authors: Mark Gardner ; Joe Goldberg.
Recording information: Hackensack, NJ (01/20/1954/11/09/1954); Nj (01/20/1954/11/09/1954).
Photographer: Don Schlitten.
Unknown Contributor Role: Herb Lovelle.
Two of trumpeter Art Farmer's earlier sessions as a leader are reissued on this CD in the OJC series. Farmer teams up with an all-star quintet (which includes tenor-saxophonist Sonny Rollins, pianist Horace Silver, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Kenny Clarke) for four songs and dominates a quartet (with pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Addison Farmer and drummer Herbie Lovelle) on six other tunes. Farmer's sound is lyrical even on the uptempo pieces and he is heard throughout in his early prime. Highlights include "Soft Shoe," "I'll Take Romance," "Autumn Nocturne" and an uptempo "Gone with the Wind." One should note that the programming differs from what is listed, with "Soft Shoe" (which should have been the opener) actually appearing fifth and the songs listed as appearing second through fifth moving up to first through fourth. Despite that flaw, the music is quite enjoyable and a must for 1950s bop collectors. ~ Scott Yanow