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Wednesday September 21, 2011

From Jazz Police

*Redman, Penman, Harland & Parks (aka James Farm) Are Superb *
By: Mario Carrington

James Farm is an all-star quartet composed of 3 jazz titans and one major jazz revelation. The titans are saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland; the revelation is Aaron Parks on piano. The first set of a 4-show, two- night engagement September 20 at the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis was mesmerizing, and is a must-see show.

On the short list of transformative jazz quartets there was John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison, with a fast forward to Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Watts and Eric Revis. This nascent quartet brought together by Redman could be an heir apparent to that continuum with the recent dissolution of that Marsalis band.

The Dakota has been the scene of some extraordinary shows featuring 3 of the band members—Redman, Penman and Harland—during their appearances as part of the San Francisco Jazz Collective. Redman has also appeared at the club separate from SFJC with individual projects, while Harland has variously appeared with McCoy Tyner, Charles Lloyd and Dave Holland.

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