Art Farmer – Crawl Space (1977/2016) [e-Onkyo FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Art Farmer – Crawl Space (1977/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:55 minutes | 1,28 GB  | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: e-Onkyo | Front Cover | © CTI Records
Recorded: January 1977 at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

No crawl space here – as the sound is wide open, and surprisingly funky – a set that stands as one of Art Farmer’s few great 70s outings for the CTI label! The album’s got Art blowing with all the cool, compressed sound that he’d bring to a straighter album – but on longer tracks, with that open, flowing vibe you might hear on some of Freddie Hubbard’s efforts for the label with less bite, and more flow overall! The set includes great work on flute from Jeremy Steig – plus guitar from Eric Gale, keyboards from Dave Grusin, and drums from Steve Gadd – and although the date of this one is late, the sound is in that prime 1972/1973 CTI mode! The album features four long tracks – and titles include “Crawl Space”, “Siddhartha”, “Petite Belle”, and “Chanson”.

Some of the finer CTI recordings of the late ’70s were those led by flugelhornist Art Farmer. Although the emphasis was generally on obscure material (in this case Farmer plays one original, two songs by Dave Grusin and one piece by pianist Fritz Pauer) and often featured musicians who did not normally play together, the results were generally quite rewarding. For this CTI LP (long out-of-print), the focus is almost entirely on Farmer who is joined by keyboardist Grusin, guitarist Eric Gale, flutist Jeremy Steig, either Will Lee or George Mraz on bass and drummer Steve Gadd. The moody music holds one’s interest throughout. -AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

1 Crawl Space 8:52
2 Siddhartha 7:40
3 Chanson 8:39
4 Petite Belle 9:44

Art Farmer, flugelhorn
Jeremy Steig, flute
David Grusin, keyboards, arranger (#1,3)
Eric Gale, guitar
Will Lee, electric bass, gong
George Mraz, bass (#2)
Steve Gadd, drums
Fritz Pauer, arranger (#2,4)
Bob James, conductor