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  • Audio CD (25 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B004KNM3GC
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jl Adcock TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Sep 2011
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This may well slip under the radar of many a jazz fan, but the music on James Farm is seriously good and worthy of attention. Compositions, playing and recording quality are excellent, and the variety of influences and styles works convincingly well across the tracks on offer. Joshua Redman may never have sounded better: his playing is punchy and dramatic when needed, silky and soft when required. Harland - very much one of the top drummers of the moment - underpins the proceedings with fine stick and brush work, and even contributes a manic, but enjoyable composition of his own to the mix.

There is a contemporary, vibrant but accessible feel to James Farm - the future of jazz seems to be in good hands. Worth investigating by anyone keen to explore the current modern jazz scene - I don't think it will disappoint.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 May 2011
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So of course Joshua Redman is the most well-known of the group and is one of the stars of contemporary Jazz, having won awards and being the son of Dewey Redman.

However this album is far more of a collaborative or collective affair with all the members contributing original tunes that are a lot more composed than you might expect - with interesting rhythms and nice melodies. Although there is some intense soloing, you are never far from a hook or a good tune.

So Redman along with Pianist Aaron Parks and bassist Matt Penman contribute 3 tunes each while drummer Eric Harland contributes just the one. Parks contributes colour throughout with organ and synthesiser as well as piano - but this always fits into the basically "organic", Farm sound. Although Harland's tune "1-10" ventures into electronic territory with sounds reminiscent of programmed beats. This is probably the most dissonant track as well - but it has moments of calm.

Throughout the album you do find a lot of contrast and it's never too hectic or urgent - there is plenty for the listener to latch onto and enjoy. These are great musicians who know how to interest and entertain an audience.

At times, like on "Chronos" I detected elements of minimalism in the repetitive piano figures, which are unlike Jazz but more akin to contemporary classical. All the tunes provide unique atmospheres and paint a picture through composition - these are not just vehicles for soloing and on some tracks it's difficult to tell whether any of this has been improvised. But no doubt these pieces have been honed live as this is a real band that plays together and works on their music.

I felt that Parks' tunes had a lot of space and felt relaxed while Penman was more about finding distinctive rhythms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Oct 2011
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Five DAZZLING Stars. Outstanding compositions and performances! "James Farm" is the eponymous studio recording debut of the all-star jazz quartet that burst on the scene with its acclaimed first appearance at the 2009 Montreal Jazz Festival. It is composed of tenor and soprano sax titan Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks' keyboard fireworks, the superb Matt Penman on double-bass, and DownBeat Critics' 2-time "rising star" winner, Eric Harland, on drums. For those of us who missed the previous fanfare, like me, this 'forward looking' recording is somewhat of a shocker. On this CD, each member of the group contributes compositions and they perform as a cohesive, balanced unit that swings hard and is both highly intellectual and very emotional. Sometimes this distinctive group briefly veers away from the deeper waters of jazz within a song, adding variety to the mix. The compositions are original, very intricate, and often stunning in execution, with the faster numbers like "Chronos" and the boiler works of "I-10" riding over churning tempos, often interspersed with quieter interludes, with dazzling solos by all players. The turbulent "Coax" is a perfect example of their approach, giving as much attention to the composition's group form as to the improvisations, taking us through minutes of shifting tempos and mysterious moods before evolving into an ethereal solo by Parks, followed by more group interaction, eventually erupting into a blazing solo by Redman. While mainly an acoustical group, Parks also effectively utilizes some electronic keyboards as on "If by Air". "Polliwog" has one of Redman's many superb solos of the date, pushed along by Penman and Harland, mainly using drums and rim shots.Read more ›
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. N. Skelton on 7 Oct 2011
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as stated above an excellent recording with great input from tenor sax,piano,bass and drums.it is nice to report some interesting,energetic input from redman who has
been disappointing lately(he plays so much better in other groups)
but sublime here.aaron parks makes this for me-subtle,funky and intense-not a bad track at all
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
THE AWESOME RECORDING DEBUT OF THE "JAMES FARM" JAZZ GROUP 1 May 2011
By RSProds - Published on Amazon.com
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Five DAZZLING Stars. Outstanding compositions and performances! "James Farm" is the eponymous studio recording debut of the all-star jazz quartet that burst on the scene with its acclaimed first appearance at the 2009 Montreal Jazz Festival. It is composed of tenor and soprano sax titan Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks' keyboard fireworks, the superb Matt Penman on double-bass, and DownBeat Critics' 2-time "rising star" winner, Eric Harland, on drums. For those of us who missed the previous fanfare, like me, this 'forward looking' recording is somewhat of a shocker. On this CD, each member of the group contributes compositions and they perform as a cohesive, balanced unit that swings hard and is both highly intellectual and very emotional. Sometimes this distinctive group briefly veers away from the deeper waters of jazz within a song, adding variety to the mix. The compositions are original, very intricate, and often stunning in execution, with the faster numbers like "Chronos" and the boiler works of "I-10" riding over churning tempos, often interspersed with quieter interludes, with dazzling solos by all players. The turbulent "Coax" is a perfect example of their approach, giving as much attention to the composition's group form as to the improvisations, taking us through minutes of shifting tempos and mysterious moods before evolving into an ethereal solo by Parks, followed by more group interaction, eventually erupting into a blazing solo by Redman. While mainly an acoustical group, Parks also effectively utilizes some electronic keyboards as on "If by Air". "Polliwog" has one of Redman's many superb solos of the date, pushed along by Penman and Harland, mainly using drums and rim shots. But there are also beautiful, hip ballads like the sensual "Bijou", "Low Fives", "Unravel" and the awesome, time-shifting "Star Crossed". In summary, this is a very important new group, sometimes showing trace influences of Weather Report and Sphere, but operating in its own area code, opening up unique group interactions, dynamics, and solo possibilities. Encore, gentlemen! My Highest Recommendation. Five IMPRESSIVE Stars! (This review is based on an Amazon.com Cloud upload of 10 tracks plus PDF Digital Booklet; 10 tracks; Total time-68:51.)
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Finally! All-Star Jazz band's Debut Album has arrived! 2 May 2011
By Jonathan Guarriello - Published on Amazon.com
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So from the title of my review the readers can probably tell that I'v been anxiously awaiting this album. This album represents the music of four of jazz's brightest minds and talents. I believe that this is an album that will be important in the development of what I'v been calling 21st century Jazz. This is because all four members of this band lead their own groups & contribute greatly to our great american art form we call jazz.

The quartet consists of Joshua Redman on tenor & soprano saxes. Alot has been written about Redman some great praise others not so great but in my opinion I'v been following Redman's music since 1996 with his release of an album that I believe was a blueprint at that time for the future to come, that album is "Freedom in The Groove". Since that time Redman has taken his place as one of the veteran masters of the jazz world always striving for excellence & a fresh perspective, he's also never been afraid to leave his musical comfort zone going fearlessly from his electric organ groove trio Elastic to a straight up nod to Sonny Rollins & the saxophone trio with Back East or even exploring a double trio format on his last albumCompass. Aaron Parks is the youngest member of this quartet but for Aaron age means nothing. Parks is a rising piano& composing talent of great depth & expansive vision. Aaron's debut album for Blue Note Invisible Cinema was a great piece of music & I hear alot of Park's compositional influence on Jame's Farm. Matt Pennman on acoustic bass is a very active sideman as well as a band leader & composer of beautiful music with classical music overtones, his latest Catch of the Day features Aaron Parks & Eric Harland his section mates in JAMES FARM. Eric Harland on drums. Harland is one of the brightest jazz drumming talents playing today in my opinion along with Kendrick Scott, Willie Jones iii & Justin Brown. Harland is pointing a new direction or adding another branch to the tree trunk of jazz drumming, he's only in his early 30s & has already appeared on over at least a hundred albums as a sideman, has just released his first album (that I know of)Voyager: Live By Night of original music and is currently a member of the stellar jazz ensemble SF Jazz Collective which was actually originally founded by Joshua Redman. Now onto the music:

This albums musical bliss is do in no small part to the chemistry of the players involved. These guys have done many record dates & live shows together maybe as just a rhythm section or soloists. Aaron Parks used Eric Harland on drums for his entire debut album alongside Matt Penman on bass and Penman & Harland are the rhythm section for the SF Jazz Collective. The newest comer to this very tight rhythm section is Joshua Redman. The biggest point I'm driving at here is this record isn't so contrived, it's four musicians that share very similar ideas & approaches to jazz that have played together alot & that's rare these days. The music is definitely acoustic, they do use a few electrical acoustic type keyboards like Fender Rhodes, & several types of organs & Celeste as well as vintage analog synths like the Prophet & Arp Odessey but they're used to enhance the textures of the acoustic sound. I personally would have loved to hear another front line player like a trumpet or maybe even a guitar, because that's probably the only fault I have & I'm not sure that I even like calling it that because Joshua Redman plays beautifully mostly on the tenor employing his soprano on one tune the 10th & final track Penman's "Low Fives".

The music is a marvelous hybrid of each of the musicians sounds & styles. The album starts off with "Coax" a Matt Penman tune that features Aaron Parks. It opens with a dark mysterious theme stated first by Parks solo then joined by bass & drums the bass following an interesting counter point, the piece has a spanish quality in the harmonic selection to my ear. The form is like that of a classical piece which you are hearing more & more, it's not new by any means but cool none the less. The tune breaks down about two and a half minutes in to make way for some beautiful solo playing by Parks on acoustic piano that takes the dynamic way down only to be built back up to speed for Redman's powerful blowing. The second tune Polliwog is composed by Redman. It opens with Redman stating the melody solo for a few bars before the piano & bass harmonize his line. The drums kick in shortly after with feel good tambourine, kick & snare back beat supporting Parks & Redman as they pass the lead of the melody off between them. The whole group seems to really lock in on this one!
"Bijou" takes the intensity down to a hushed medium tempo, this beautiful Aaron Parks tune opens with some gospel like church piano then the band comes in with a nice sweet 6/8 groove that reminds me of the Chris Potter tune "Pop Tune" off Follow the Red Line - Live at the Village Vanguard. Redman goes first on this bluesy ballad taking the listeners thru some blues which he passes off to Parks who takes a short outro winding up in 4:07 the shortest tune on the album.
I'm jumping now to track 6 one of my favorites on the album, "1981" written by Matt Penman has a incessant drum& bass type drum beat that has almost become a trade mark sound of this 21st century jazz that Penman & Harland are masters of. Parks pulls out the celeste to play answer lines to Redman who has the main chunk of the melody on tenor. Parks drives the under carriage with dense acoustic piano comping. I especially enjoy Joshua's tenor solo on this tune so listen for that. The groove winds through alot of little twists during the melody before Redman & Parks run with it & run they do!
The last tune I'm going to highlight is track 7 the sole Eric Harland composition "I-10" which no doubt must mean interstate 10 that runs through Eric's hometown of Houston TX. This tune opens with a fat hip hop influenced beat by Harland that has the band improvising freely that gives way to a dissonant melody that emerges from the chaos in an off kilter intervalic arch. This gives way to a change in the form that introduces the harmonic cadence for the melody. A neat production trick is employed here by way of a high pass filter that cuts all the low or bass frequencies below a certain point this neat effect is used alot in electronic music like House or Trance but here it enhances the impact of the change in the music. This tune is intense from start to finish.

I'll close saying that this music is complex & serious jazz but at the same time I wouldn't feel to bad recommending it to someone new to jazz because I feel it has enough outside of quote jazz stylings to appease an adventurous pop or alternative music fan. I think this is hopefully just the begining of many awesome James Farm albums to come because I feel the musicians have reached a happy medium between art & music that appeals to the masses. Get this album you won't be disappointed!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Amazing album 27 Jun 2011
By M. A. Kerbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've been to the concert of James' Farm in Rotterdam, Holland. I have not seen Joshua Redman for many years, but I have to admit that he blew us out of our seats! The band is great, very innovative music. I enjoyed it a lot and therefor I bought the CD right after the concert and got it signed by Joshua Redman and his band members. In case you are a fan, simply buy this album, you'll love it!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
best new jazz recording 5 May 2011
By Shawn Grimes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the best new jazz recording that I have heard in years. Strong compositions from all 4 members allow for a unique platform for their solos. Cohesive interplay is much more noticeable than many jazz recordings.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
James Farm - James Farm 2 Aug 2011
By BK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This, the debut release of the modern jazz supergroup James Farm, is unquestionably one of my favorite jazz albums of the year! Sometimes getting this many great players/leaders together in one group could lead to mediocre music that wouldn't quite add up to the sum of its parts. In the case of James Farm, however, these four incredible players contribute their talents to each members' compositions, which seem to blend stylistically due to this band's cohesion as a unit. Tunes like the opener "Coax," "Chronos," and "I-10" show the direction jazz seems to be heading; they inject a significant art rock/indie sound into the folds of jazz structure and instrumentation. My only caveat is that--despite the fact that Parks/Penman/Harland are purveyors of this new sound and lock in to a groove on nearly every song--I can't help but feel that Joshua Redman sounds slightly like an outsider amongst this innovative rhythm section. But as a whole this record stands out as bold statement from four 21st-century jazzmen at the top of their game, highly recommended.
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