DVD EXCERPT Jim Hall Live in 1964 with Art Farmer

December 3, 2009
art farmerPART OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JAZZ ICONS series of DVD releases (now numbering more than 30 titles), this disc presents the Art Farmer Quartet performing live on BBC television in 1964. Backed by bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Pete LaRoca, 34 year-old Jim Hall provides brilliant harmonic environments for Farmer’s sometimes moody, sometimes fiery flugelhorn excursions, as well as playing one spectacular solo after another. Not having a piano contend with, Hall is able to really stretch out and devise chord melodies that otherwise might not be feasible—and frequent close-up shots provide unobstructed views of the action. Hall’s tone, courtesy of the P90-equipped ES-175 he acquired from Howard Roberts and a Gibson GA50 amp, is also unusual for the time, with more sustain and upper mids. Get this DVD for the music and/or as a DIY master class in jazz guitar— but get it, get it? Jazz Icons.



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