Largely overlooked during his formative years, Art Farmer's consistently inventive playing was more greatly appreciated as he continued to develop. Along with Clark Terry, Farmer helped to popularize the flügelhorn among brass players. His lyricism gave his bop-oriented style its own personality. Farmer studied piano, violin, and tuba before settling on trumpet.
Art Tatum: The Art of Jazz Piano is still the only documentary portrait of the greatest jazz pianist ever. Using photographs and some rare footage of Tatum and his contemporaries, the film reconstructs his genius. Included are interviews with musicians who played with him or who were influenced strongly by him, including Guitarists Tiny Grimes and Les Paul, and pianists Marian McPartland, Hank Jones, Dick Hyman, and George Shearing. Their reminiscences and demonstrations underline Tatum's stutus as the "musician's musician."
Eight-time Grammy-winner George Benson covers chord substitutions, turnarounds, the Wes Montgomery style, and more. He demonstrates his signature scat-style singing on the groundbreaking This Masquerade and soloing over the famous On Broadway vamp. Also included are several virtuoso solo jazz and blues guitar performances by Benson himself—further proof, if it were needed, of his total mastery of jazz guitar.
Blue Note's Jazz Profile series is designed for neophytes and beginners curious about a certain musician. Collectors and diehard fans will have everything on this collection, and while they may quibble with the selections, Jazz Profile provides a succinct, helpful introduction to Art Pepper's Blue Note recordings for novices. ~ CDUniverse
12 of Christian's classic tunes including: Seven Come Eleven * Air Mail Special * Grand Slam * Solo Flight.