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Friday July 08, 2011

From Oakland Jazz Music Examiner

Bay Area talents break new ground with James Farm
By: Brian McCoy

The impressive jazz talents who have come together to work James Farm (and its eponymous debut album) are well known to us in Northern California.

Joshua Redman, a second-generation Berkeley-raised saxophone star, needs no introduction. Ditto the band’s rhythm section of Matt Penman (bass) and Eric Harland (drums), Bay Area talents who worked with Redman in the SFJAZZ Collective. New Yorker Aaron Parks (piano) rounds out the lineup.

It’s not saying too much to note that James Farm has quietly emerged as the jazz story of 2011. Its album, released in late April, has been garnering stellar reviews; the band itself has been dubbed a jazz “supergroup.”

Given the members’ other professional commitments, few and far between will be the opportunities to catch James Farm live. Fortunately, the group is scheduled to play September’s Monterey Jazz Festival, as part of Redman’s Artist-in-Residence duties.

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