To Duke With Love


ARTIST: Art Farmer
Art Farmer - flugelhorn
Cedar Walton - piano
Sam Jones - bass
Billy Higgins - drums

RECORDING:
Recorded 5 March 1975

DESCRIPTION:
Test of Time Records is proud to bring you a unique tribute to the great Duke Ellington by none other than Art Farmer. The album was recorded in March of 1975, almost a year after Ellington passed away. It was actually the very first album that Art Farmer recorded for East Wind and the start of a recording partnership with the tight rhythm section made up of pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Billy Higgins. The album contains Ellington favorites such as “In A Sentimental Mood”, “Love You Madly” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” arranged by Art Farmer himself. It also includes “Star-Crossed Lovers” (about Romeo and Juliet) that was part of the collection of songs about characters developed by William Shakespeare called Such Sweet Thunder. A rarely performed song called “The Brown Skin Gal in the Calico Gown” gets an Art Farmer flugelhorn touch. This memorable homage to the Duke is definitely timeless.

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