Although he came to prominence when most young trumpet players tended to be brash and extroverted, Art Farmer developed a style that is lyrical and wistful, but still swings. The legacy of his years with Lionel Hampton, Gerry Mulligan, Horace Silver and Benny Golson shaped a great musical versatility that enables him to play up-tempo blues, subdued ballads and experimental sounds with equal ease. Here on trumpet and flugelhorn, he brings a refined soft-edged tone to favorites such as "Blue Monk," Charlie Parker's "Red Cross," Cedar Walton's "Firm Roots" and many more. He also gives an inside look at his life and music as he reflects back on his years in both Europe and the United States.
Drawing on jazz influences eschewed by many contemporary practitioners of the art, Art Farmer sticks to his be bop roots, providing a welcome history lesson in the ways of the genre. This release shows off his many talents, and also talks to Farmer as he looks back on his life and career.