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Album Review

One of the top hard bop contingents of the '50s and '60s, the Art Farmer and Benny Golson co-led group known as the Jazztet featured some of the best original charts and soloing of the entire era. While the group was only in existence between 1959-1962, its excellent reputation could rest on this stunning disc alone. Cut in 1960, the ten-track date features four of Golson's classic originals ("I Remember Clifford," "Blues March," "Park Avenue Petite," and "Killer Joe") and one very fetching Farmer-penned cut ("Mox Nix"). The rest of the standards-heavy mix is given the golden touch by the sextet. And what a combo this is — besides Farmer's svelte trumpet lines and Golson's frenetically vaporous tenor solos, one gets a chance to hear a young but already very accomplished McCoy Tyner, the tart and mercurial trombonist Curtis Fuller, and the streamlined rhythm tandem of Addison Farmer and Lex Humphries. An essential hard bop title.

Customer Reviews

Far more than "OK" -- it's a jazz classic

Meet the Jazztet is one of the best albums in all of jazz. It has a great lineup -- Farmer, Golson, McCoy Tyner, and Curtis Fuller -- and many classic Golson compositions. If one is going to diss this album, one might as well diss "Kind of Blue" or "A Love Supreme."

Meet The Jazztet

I bought this album at least 5o years ago and now that I have the CD I couldnt be happier. One of the best records in Jazz!!

Jazz Jazz and the culture

I used to not like jazz. I only like the "in" song artists (black eyed peas, Britney spears)and then i heard real jazz, classic jazz, and fell in love with it. Now i am a trumpet player myself and i absolutly love playing it and listening to it. I did buy this album and i love it. It inspires me in all catagories to run woth what i have. For example, i have been playing trumpet for 4 years and for the first 3 and half years i played Orcheastra music. i hated it and then i went a Jazz Institute and i didnt know anything about what to do in Jazz, how to get that jazzy tone and improvise. All i knew were the basic blues scales. i was so nervous, then at out break all professional players would come out and play jazz. There was a piano player and a bass and then a drummer. They inspired me to play. i learned so mcuh there. antbody who is having second thoughts aboutjazz, don't you will love it. i met a violin player who was in jazz and she was profeesional in Orchestra for over 30 years. Buy this album, it will inspire you so much in many different ways.


Born: August 21, 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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