New York Jazz Sextet (Art Farmer, James Moody, & Others) —
New York Jazz Sextet ... LP Scepter/Teichiku (Japan), 1966. Near Mint- ...
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The lone recording of a tremendously beautiful jazz group – a sextet led by trumpeter Art Farmer during one of his most soulful periods! The group recorded for Scepter records as part of a brief flurry of excellent jazz sides cut by the mostly-pop imprint – and it featured members that appeared on other jazz sets for the label – including saxophonist James Moody, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Richard Davis, and trombonist Tom McIntosh – who also arranged all the tracks on the set! As much as we love Farmer's tone during this time, McIntosh is the real star of the show here – as he's created a very moody setting for the record – bringing together a few of his original tunes, plus others by the under-rated SandoleBrothers of Philadelphia – into a dark-tinged and extremely evocative set of charts that share a lot with the best film jazz scoring of the 60s. The pace is pretty mellow overall – and very concerned with colors and tones that shape and are shaped by the expressiveness of the players. Moody is especially strong – quite possibly because he and McIntosh worked together in similar settings on other records – and the album has a quiet brilliance that we've loved for years! Titles include "Joy Shout", "Supplication", "Signature", "Bottom On Top", "Dim After Day", and "Another Look". LP, Vinyl record album
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