James Farm Featured on NPR's "All Things Considered"; Album "Casts a Spell," Says LA Times
James Farm—the collaborative band featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland—and their self-titled debut album, released earlier this year on Nonesuch, are featured on NPR's All Things Considered today.
"New bands don't come along every day in jazz," says NPR's Tom Moon. "The reasons are mostly practical: Gifted musicians like the members of James Farm are in demand, and would have to turn down lots of lucrative work to commit full-time to one single enterprise. But listen to these unusual compositions, and to the lively exchanges that erupt inside of them. Even though these players can only make a partial commitment of time to James Farm, they're fully committed musically."
Moon goes on to say that the cohesive nature of the band is evident. "You can hear it in the lyrical, singing melodies, as well as in the carefully textured accompaniments."
Read more and listen to the All Things Considered piece online this evening at npr.org.
The Los Angeles Times has a review of the band's new album as well. "While the term 'supergroup' may be a loaded concept, it's hard not to consider James Farm one," writes reviewer Chris Barton. "James Farm forages at the frontier between jazz and rock ... The new ground covered by Redman and cohorts casts a spell of its own."
Read the review at latimes.com.
To pick up a copy of James Farm, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album at checkout. The band comes together again to perform at the Caramoor Music Festival in upstate New York and at the Newport Jazz Festival next month. For more information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.