Art is an album by trumpeter Art Farmer, featuring performances recorded in 1960 and originally released on the Argo label. Farmer stated in 1995 that the album, which consists mainly of ballads, was his favorite.
“During a career that spanned close to a half century, Art Farmer was well-known for his consistency as a soloist and a bandleader. This series of studio sessions from 1960, with pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Tommy Williams, and drummer Albert Heathe, find the trumpeter in great form, with the usually impeccable accompaniment one expects from Flanagan. Many of the rich ballads featured, including “So Beats My Heart for You,” “Goodbye Old Girl,” and “Younger Than Springtime,” have fallen out of favor in the early 21st century, but Farmer’s impeccable performances of these chestnuts sound timeless. A slightly jaunty take of Benny Golson’s “Out of the Past” and a spirited rendition of “The Best Thing for You Is Me” also merit attention.” – Ken Dryden/AllMusic.
“So Beats My Heart for You” (Pat Ballard, Charles Henderson, Tom Waring) – 4:38
“Goodbye, Old Girl” (Richard Adler Jerry Ross) – 4:24
“Who Cares?” (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 5:15
“Out of the Past” (Benny Golson) – 5:20
“Younger Than Springtime” (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 5:38
“The Best Thing for You (Would Be Me)” (Irving Berlin) – 4:06
“I’m a Fool to Want You” (Joel Herron, Frank Sinatra) – 5:27
“That Ole Devil Called Love” (Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts) – 4:14
Art Farmer – trumpet
Tommy Flanagan – piano
Tommy Williams – bass
Albert Heath – drums
Recorded: September 21, 22 & 23, 1960
Nola Penthouse Studio, New York City
Producer: Kay Norton
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