It's Prime Time

ARTIST: Joe Farnsworth
Joe Farnsworth
Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone)
Ron Carter (bass)
John Farnsworth (tenor saxophone)
Curtis Fuller (trombone)
Benny Golson (tenor saxophone)
David Hazeltine (piano)
Harold Mabern (piano)
Jim Rotondi (trumpet and flugelhorn)
Eric Alexander appears courtesy of Fantasy Records
Ron Carter appears courtsey of Blue Note Records/Toshiba -EMI Ltd.

Recorded at Avatar Studios, NY on January 30, 2003
Produced by Yasohachi “88” Itoh
Assistant Producer : Kyoko Aikawa
Recording Engineers : David Baker and
Yoshihiro Suzuki/Sony Music Studios Tokyo
Assistant Engineers : Peter Doris,
Hideyasu Hatagoshi and Hiroyuki Komuro
Mastering Engineer: Koji “C-chan” Suzuki/Sony Music Studios Tokyo
Coordinators : Kiyoko Murata and Akira Tanaka/Sound Wing Limited

One of today's finest young jazz drummers, Joe Farnsworth has been supporting venerable leaders,
creating tight and steady rhythms for the groups. Now it is time for him to forge the groove for himself. Many of his longtime recording / performing colleagues have joined him in the studio to share in this great moment. The repertoire is varied, and is entailed in design and calculation as is Farnsworth's drumming itself. Both pianists, Harold Mabern and David Hazeltine, have composed brand new original tunes for this session. It’s interesting to examine how Farnsworth corresponds to each pianists/composer’s character. Also one of the great melody makers in the world, Benny Golson has brought his composition "And So, I Love Again" which was composed in 1985 but was previously unrecorded. Golson & Fuller team up again on "Five Spot After Dark;" Fuller, Rotondi and Joe's brother John Farnsworth get together on "Hello, Young Lovers;" Alexander and Fuller join on "Old Folks;" "The Third Plane" features Ron Carter; and combined with Joe Farnsworth's original composition, "It's Prime Time," this album can be said to be an epitome of mainstream jazz today.

The art of Farnsworth's drumming is another strong point of this album. He is not inclined to showing off his techniques, and finds the beauty of art in being the part of rhythmic section. Strong backing, tight and steady beats, he incorporates various kinds of sticking and subtle changes in dynamics. His style is traditional, yet his idea travels. If you have a taste for straight-ahead jazz, this is the album you can’t miss.


1. Sweet Poppa (H. Mabern)
2. Old Folks (D.L. Hill, W. Robinson)
3. Prime Time (J. Farnsworth)
4. Stable Mates (B. Golson)
5. Five Spot After Dark (B. Golson)
6. And So, I Love Again (B. Golson)
7. The Third Plane (R. Carter)
8. Hello, Young Lovers (R. Rodgers, O. Hammerstein II)
9. Jose's Lament (D. Hazeltine)