Thursday, June 30, 2011
Free Download from James Farm
with Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Pennman and Eric Harland
This all-star group will be performing and signing CDs at the festival on Sunday, August 7
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James Farm is a collaborative band featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland. The band uses traditional acoustic jazz quartet instrumentation for its song-based approach to jazz and incorporates the members' myriad influences: rock, soul, folk, classical, and electronica, among many others. James Farm will appear at the Newport festival on Sunday, August 7th at Fort Adams State Park.
'It's a bit like four of the best in the business just called a 'session' one day, but instead of standards, they each brought in their own music... And this band's labor has clearly proven fruitful." --NPR Music
The quartet has received critical acclaim since its debut at the 2009 Montreal Jazz Festival, where they played to a packed house and rave reviews. "This much is clear: these are absolute professional musicians at the top of their game," said All About Jazz.
Although this is the first time the quartet members have performed and recorded in this exact configuration, the musicians were hardly strangers. Redman, Harland, and Penman performed together as part of the SFJAZZ Collective, and pianist Aaron Parks used the James Farm rhythm section on his debut recording for Blue Note records, Invisible Cinema (2008).
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