James Farm, A "Force With Which to Be Reckoned" (All About Jazz), Launches New Website
James Farm, the collaborative band featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland, released its self-titled Nonesuch debut last week, with the New York Times calling it "a model of dazzling proficiency" and the Times of London and the Financial Times both giving the album four stars. Now the group has launched a new, official website, at jamesfarmmusic.com. Head there to hear songs from the new album, see photos, learn more about the project, download a free track, and find out what the reviewers have to say.
On that front, All About Jazz reviewer John Kelman says: "James Farm’s eponymous debut not only confirms the group’s egalitarian nature, but positions this über-quartet of established and rising stars as a clear force with which to be reckoned." Kelman notes the band's "inherent chemistry" and concludes that "with a collective this vital, there are few who won’t be prepared to allow its members to hang around a little longer together, before returning to their individual, equally ascendant careers." Read the complete review at allaboutjazz.com.
Jazzwise gives the album four stars and features an interview with the band in the latest issue, on stands now. James Farm "draws out a rich melodic seam of group inventiveness," says the magazine's site in a preview of the print edition. "Of course, when you look at the individual talents involved in the project … it’s hardly surprising that their self-titled debut disc should turn out to be such a mature and accomplished statement of intent." Read more at jazzwisemagazine.com.
The Revivalist rates the album a 9.0. "James Farm creates a sound built upon trust, both in the talents of each band member’s ability to lead and in the ability of each individual to trust his gut and the sound emanating from it," writes reviewer Karas Lamb. "From each of member of the band, there have been established instances of greatness in their individual careers. Combined, they work in concert and flashes of brilliance, to set a new bar for themselves and the genre of Jazz as it continues to evolve.” Read the review at revivalist.okayplayer.com.
The band begins its world tour next week with two nights at the Reading 3 in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 14 and 15, followed by performances throughout Europe—in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, France, Netherlands, and Belgium—before returning to the States for four-nights at the Jazz Standard in New York City in June plus festival sets at Caramoor, Newport Jazz, and Monterey later this summer. For more information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour or the new James Farm site, jamesfarmmusic.com.
To pick up a copy of the new album, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the complete album at checkout.