Art Farmer – Ph.D. (Full Album)

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Ph.D. is an album by Art Farmer recorded in New York in 1989 and originally released on the Contemporary label.

“Flugelhornist Art Farmer recorded quite a few records with tenor-saxophonist Clifford Jordan during the late ’80s/early ’90s. This sextet outing (which also includes guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist James Williams, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith) was one of their better efforts. With the exception of “Like Someone in Love,” all of the material is obscure. James Williams contributes three tunes that alternate with songs by Donald Brown, Thad Jones, Kenny Drew and Clifford Jordan. The advanced hard bop music has enough unpredictable moments to hold one’s interest.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
All compositions by  except as indicated

“Ph.D.” (James Williams) – 8:09
“Affaire d’Amour” (Donald Brown) – 6:42
“Mr. Day’s Dream” (James Williams) – 6:02
“The Summary” (Thad Jones) – 6:10
“Blue Wail” (Kenny Drew) – 8:31
“Like Someone in Love” (Johnny Burke, Jimmy van Heusen) – 6:42
“Rise to the Occasion” (James Williams) – 6:13
“Ballade Art” (Clifford Jordan) – 4:37

Art Farmer – flugelhorn, trumpet
Clifford Jordan – tenor saxophone
James Williams – piano
Kenny Burrell – guitar
Rufus Reid – bass
Marvin “Smitty” Smith – drums


Released: 1989
Recorded: April 3 & 4, 1989
New York City
Length: 52:38
Label: Contemporary
C 14055
Producer: Helen Keane