Flugelhornist Art Farmer and guitarist Jim Hall had a regular group for a time in the mid-’60s but (except for one occasion) had not played together since, until this 1978 LP. This is an unusual effort for CTI in that it is a quintet set without added horns, strings or keyboards. Farmer and Hall are joined by vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, bassist Michael Moore and drummer Steve Gadd for two standards, the title cut and a jazz adaptation of a piece by Ravel. Since Farmer and Hall have long had very complementary styles (both being lyrical, harmonically advanced and thoughtful in their improvisations), it is little surprise that this set is a complete success.
Now this classic recording gets ORG Music’s audiophile treatment with this 180gram LP reissue, mastered from original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman and pressed at Pallas Group in Germany.
1."Whisper Not" (Benny Golson)
2."A Child Is Born" (Thad Jones)
3."Big Blues" (Jim Hall)
4."Pavane for a Dead Princess" (Maurice Ravel)