At Boomers

ARTIST: Art Farmer
Art Farmer - flugelhorn
Clifford Jordan - tenor sax
Cedar Walton - piano
Sam Jones - bass
Billy Higgins - drums

Boomers NYC May 14-15, 1976

At Boomers documents the performance of Art Farmer and his quintet captured live in May of 1976 at Boomers, a New York West Village club that is no longer there. The quintet played Boomers for four nights between May 12th and 15th in 1976. The last two nights were recorded yielding enough material for this and a second album. At Boomers was the third Art Farmer title from his original East Wind collection. He was 48 at the time.

The core of the quintet was made up of Cedar Walton (piano), Sam Jones (bass) and Billy Higgins (drums) – the regular trio that Art Farmer frequently collaborated with on other East Wind titles. Cliff Jordan (tenor sax) rounded out the quintet, replacing George Coleman who was originally slated to play.

Top New York musicians such as Horace Silver came to listen during that week, as well as family members of Cedar Walton and Cliff Jordan to lend their warm support. With a familiar audience, the mood was relaxed and the performance very natural. Cedar Walton had played with Art Farmer since 1961 during the Jazztet days and they were already very comfortable playing with each other.

The repertoire consists of Charlie Parker’s “Barbados”, Benny Golson’s “I Remember Clifford”, Thelonious Monk’s “Round About Midnight” and Matt Dennis’ “Will You Still Be Mine.” Sit back and enjoy the warm, lyrical flugelhorn of Art Farmer backed up by truly excellent musicians.

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