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The second album by James Farm—a collaborative band featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland—picks up where the last one left off. They once again put a premium on chemistry, setting aside solo time and otherwise highlighting different players within the structure of these muscular post-bop originals (which come from each member). The opener, “Two Steps,” is a funky bass-driven vamp that morphs into pop melody and then a platform for solos. The surging “Mr. E” is a knotty gem that highlights the sophisticated playing, and the pastoral “Farms” has a waltzing wide-open feel.

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I'm really looking forward to this album. The last one was so good and I listened to it on repeat for a few months and still listen to it a lot. I've been waiting for the new album to come out for a few years and it finally is. YES

Incredible Range

City Folk is the Sophomore album from jazz "supergroup" James Farm, featuring Aaron Parks on Piano, Joshua Redman on Saxophone, Matt Penman on Bass and Eric Harland on Drums. Each musician shines in their respective solos and the album shows a great range of styles and emotions.

It opens with a bluesy swagger in "Two Steps" and closes with a contemplative elegy led by Redman in "What Remains". Interspersed are more frantic grooves and lyrical expressions. Each song has distinct character and showcases a different style from the quartet. Standouts are: "Unknown", where a haunting piano and saxophone groove gives way into an extended altissimo flourish by Redman, "Otherwise", which opens gently but showcases some of the best solo work from the quartet and "North Star" where Matt Penman dances over an undulating piano ground.

Overall, fantastic variety and range from four stellar musicians. Worth your time.


Formed: 2009

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '10s

Jazz quartet James Farm is an acoustic-based yet forward-thinking ensemble featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland. Formed in 2009, the group toured for a year to work out material before recording. In 2011, they released their debut self-titled album on...
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