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on 9 June 2013
For 69 pence you get a strange and wonderful album made with (I'm pretty sure) Jim Hall and Steve Swallow. Farmer is playing in his best lyrical manner, in a tone that critics like to call 'burnished' and it certainly shines out here. The tunes - from the Swedish folk tradition - are good, and turn out to be perfectly fine vehicles for valid jazz music. A steal, at this price, and worth getting anyway if you love Farmer, the finest mainstream trumpet and flugelhorn player of them all.
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on 19 June 2013
I cannot believe that anyone could doubt that this superb album is jazz. It swings, it has improvisation and form. It has one of the greatest guitar players in Jim Hall, Steve Swallow's jazz credentials are well known and LaRoca is one hell of a drummer. Add to that combination Art Farmer on trumpet and flugelhorn and one has a hell of a great quartet. I regard Farmer's work here as one of his best since the days of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. Gorgeous jazz and having been an aficionado of the
genre for over 50 years I say "IT IS JAZZ".
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on 19 February 2016
This Art Farmer quartet CD attains a quiet perfection - with Jim Hall, Pete LaRoca and Steve Swallow as collaborators, how could it not. The material is derived from Swedish folk repertoire, and features as main soloists Farmer's burnished tone on flugelhorn and Hall's exquisitely mellow guitar. The rhythm duo provide empathetic support. Chamber jazz - not at all - it's just superb music by a quartet in sync with the material and each other, that always sounds right...and at the current price of around £3 for the Japanese issue, represents top value.
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on 16 August 2013
Art farmer is a favourite of mine, and the pianoless quartet with Jim Hall was a truly great band. This really is a little gem of an album. The unusual choice of material never sounds novelty, but inspires the players to some wonderful, cliche free playing with plenty of the close interaction which you'd expect from these guys.
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on 30 May 2013
I love this record. It just relaxes me. The playing is superb and it brings out feeling in the music.

Great value Art Farmer. Buy it and don't be put off by the other current review - seems to be more concerned about the point of jazz than this particular sublime record.
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on 16 August 2013
Terrific playing, understated and tasteful. I cant believe that the whole album was 69p! Play a sample to get the idea but you will listen to this over and over. brilliant!
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on 23 September 2013
VERY interesting record,mixed media,sensitive,but swings.A good mix for jazz fans;and perhaps even better for Scandinavian folk fans.three more words thanks
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on 8 September 2013
Was not previously familiar with Mr Farmer and his group - Very nice jazz ensemble (think 60s Mulligan, Brubeck, etc.) - nice price too Amazon!
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on 14 February 2016
This is a really great recording, good music, good jazz by a group of incredible musicians. The supplier was not half bad either.
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on 12 July 2014
Lovely, restrained blend of American and European traditions.
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