Art Farmer & Jim Hall : Big Blues

Art Farmer & Jim Hall : Big Blues


Art Farmer (flugelhorn), Jim Hall (guitar), Mike Manieri (vibraphone), Mike Moore (bass), Steve Gadd (drums)

CTI 7038

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Whisper Not
A2 - A Child Is Born
B1 - Big Blues
B2 - Pavane For a Dead Princess (Maurice Ravel)

Recorded on February 2 & 3, 1978 at Electric Lady Studio, New York City.

Flugelhornist Art Farmer and guitarist Jim Hall had had a regular group for a time in the mid-'60s but (except for one occasion) had not played together since, until this 1978 LP. This is an unusual effort for CTI in that it is a quintet set without added horns, strings or keyboards. Farmer and Hall are joined by vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, bassist Michael Moore and drummer Steve Gadd for two standards, the title cut and a jazz adaptation of Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess"..

Since Farmer and Hall have long had very complementary styles (both being lyrical, harmonically advanced and thoughtful in their improvisations), it is little surprise that this set is a complete success.

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.