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This 1954 Art Farmer recording is an excellent example of how and when Bebop began to transitioned into Hard Bop. It was about this time when the amazing new bebop sound created by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Clarke, Bud Powell, Miles, Monk and several others, had begun to change in its presentation. Bebop had placed its followers in a different type of atmosphere and taken them off the dance floor. The “No Dancing Allowed” sign was prevalent in all the jazz clubs now and the focus had become solely on these talented musicians. This brought more pressure onto the concept of jazz and its ability to produce/compose significant new songs. This proved to be perfect timing as Hard Bop flourished as countless masterpieces were composed and “Modern Jazz” was born. “Early Art” is historical classic! Look at the lineup and how young these talented musicians were; both Art Farmer, his twin brother Addison Farmer (Bass) and Horace Silver were 26 years of age. Sonny Rollins was 24, Wynton Kelly 23 and drummer Herbie Lavelle was the oldest at 28.

About the album:

Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1996, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California). 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.”…..Read More

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This classic album was recorded on on April 1st and 3rd of 1960 but was released in 1961. It features the great trombonist J.J. Johnson with legendary jazz musicians backing him up. This is a very bluesy album with plenty of soul but advanced the same time. Interesting enough and after searching around, this could be the only time that Freddie Hubbard and Clifford Jordan worked together but I could be completely off. Anyways, “J.J. Inc” is a great classic, get your hands on it, enjoy!

About the album:

Trombonist J.J. Johnson’s 1960 sextet is featured on this Columbia CD. Most notable among the sidemen is a rather young trumpeter named Freddie Hubbard on one of his first sessions; also helping out are tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Arthur Harper and drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath. Seven of the compositions (which are joined by Dizzy Gillespie’s “Blue ‘N’ Boogie”) are Johnson’s and, although none caught on, “Mohawk,” “In Walked Horace” and “Fatback” (which is heard in two versions) are all fairly memorable. The six songs on the original LP are joined by three others from the same dates, two of which were released slightly earlier for the first time on a Johnson Mosaic box set….Read More

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Biography of J.J. Johnson:

J.J. Johnson was born James Louis in Indianapolis on January 22, 1924. At the age of 9, he studied piano with a church organist and became very interested in music during his second year at Crispus Attucks High School. The only school instrument available to him at the time was a baritone saxophone. J.J. played this instrument for a very short time and, at the age of fourteen, picked up the trombone, playing in the high school band as well as the brass marching band of the YMCA.
By the time he was eighteen, J.J. left home to play with Snookum Russel’s band, of which Fats Navarro was also a member. He went on to play with other legendary jazzers Benny Carter (from ’42-5), Count Basie (from ’45-6), and Illinois Jacquet (from ’47-9). The earliest recordings of J.J. are with the Benny Carter Orchestra, although he functioned only as a section player. Johnson’s first recorded solo, only twelve measures long, was with this group on the Capitol label on the track Love for Sale…..Read More

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