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Album Review

Flügelhornist Art Farmer heads a European quintet that features the tenor of Harry Sokal and his longtime pianist Fritz Pauer on Foolish Memories. Pauer contributed two of the six selections, which include Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood," "Ah-Leu-Cha" (which is mistakenly attributed to Charlie Parker), and the umpteenth remake of "Farmer's Market." The swinging, bop-oriented music on this fairly obscure release is enjoyable enough although not particularly unique.

Biography

Born: 21 August 1928 in Council Bluffs, IA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Largely overlooked during his formative years, Art Farmer's consistently inventive playing was more greatly appreciated as he continued to develop. Along with Clark Terry, Farmer helped to popularize the flügelhorn among brass players. His lyricism gave his bop-oriented style its own personality. Farmer studied piano, violin, and tuba before settling on trumpet. He worked in Los Angeles from 1945 on, performing regularly on Central Avenue and spending time in the bands of Johnny Otis, Jay McShann,...
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