Discography updates as of December 16, 2020
Part 1 (1948-1957):
1957-02-02 This radio broadcast, featuring the Horace Silver Quintet (Farmer (t), Hank Mobley (ts), Silver (p), Teddy Kotick (b), Louis Hayes (d)) live at the Blue Note Club in Philadelphia, PA, can be found on YouTube. Further information, such as solo order and duration has been added to the discography. The tracks are relatively short but give a good idea of the excitement this classic hard bop ensemble could generate.
1957-05-04 Also from YouTube, here is another recording of the Silver Quintet live – the same band three months later. This time the ensemble is heard at Joe DeLuca’s Red Hill Inn, in Pennsauken, NJ, a popular jazz venue not far from Philadelphia.
On May 8,1957, the very same quintet would record the classic album, The Stylings of Silver, for Blue Note Records, at Rudy van Gelder’s Hackensack, NJ studio.
Part 3 (1966-1980):
1972-10-06 We were able to obtain a copy of a rare Japanese LP, Elec KV 201 (1974), Newport Jazz Festival Japan, that contains two tracks not auditioned by us before, “Robbins Nest” and “Blues from Louisiana.” These involve an all star ensemble including Art Farmer (fh), Joe Newman (t), Illinois Jacquet (ts), James Moody (ts, f), Gerry Mulligan (bar), Kenny Burrell (g), Jimmy Smith (p, org), Jack Six (b) and Roy Haynes (d). Despite the title, these tracks were recorded in a Tokyo studio and not live, before a large audience.
On both titles, Farmer contributes characteristically excellent flugelhorn solos.
Part 4 (1981-1999)
1989-08-05 Art Farmer participated in an all star tribute to pianist Bud Powell held at Alice Tully Hall, parts of which were broadcast on NPR. Although this session was already present in the discography, we have now been able to list the complete concert program and add solo information on the titles that were broadcast. The on-air host was the late Ed Bradley.