Friday December 09, 2011
From NPR’s A Blog Supreme
The Best Jazz Of 2011
By: Patrick Jarenwattananon
With all acknowledgements that the idea of designating “the best” music is silly, and with full admission that I didn’t get around to every good record released in the last 12 months, and that this process is entirely subjective, yadda yadda yadda: Here is a list of my favorite jazz albums of 2011.
Included on the list is IMN artist, James Farm:
7. James Farm, ‘JAMES FARM’
There’s nobody on this record named James Farm; there’s no eponymous plot of land where produce is raised. But there are four folks who are well-known to today’s jazz fans — Joshua Redman (saxes), Aaron Parks (piano), Matt Penman (bass), Eric Harland (drums) — who recorded a disc which somehow feels organic and earthy. All contribute songs to the group’s repertoire, and in doing so, they’ve clearly soaked up grooves and chord progressions from today’s pop music without ever forcing the issue. Then they worked out these textures and tunes on the road for a while before pressing record. The harvest feels unlike an all-star collective, and more like a homegrown band.
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