An well done collection of work from the late 50s – one that shows Art Farmer to be one of the budding modernist voices in jazz at the time! The first 8 tracks on the set are from the United Artists
album Modern Art – a great set of tight lyrical tunes, played by Farmer in his sparkling style, along with Benny Golson on tenor and Bill Evans on piano. Evans is a special treat here, as the 1958 session was recorded at a time when he was making a fair bit of appearances in various rhythm sections for horn players (like Miles Davis) – and although this role in Evans' career was a short one, it yielded some amazingly beautiful moments, as you'll hear on this album. Art's brother Addison plays bass, and Dave Bailey rounds out the group on drums. Tracks include "Cold Breeze", "Mox Nix", "Jubilation", and "Fair Weather". Next up are 4 more tracks from a 1958 Bethlehem session led by Teddy Charles – entitled Tribute To Hamp, and done as a modern jazz recasting of themes made famous by Lionel Hampton. The group on the set features Charles on vibes, Farmer on trumpet, plus Bob Brookmeyer, Zoot Sims, and Ed Thigpen – all performing versions of tunes that include "Air Mail Special", "Midnight Sun", and "Flying Home". The last 5 tracks on the CD are from Farmer's appearance on the 1958 Anthony Ortega session Jazz For Young Moderns – a well done set of modern chamber jazz, arranged by Bob Zieff, and featuring Ortega and Farmer with a lineup that included flugelhorn, bass clarinet, bassoon, and violin. The titles are freshly done, and include the original numbers "Four To Four", "Patting", and "Cinderella's Curfew".