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Art Farmer

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Arthur Stewart “Art” Farmer (August 21, 1928 – October 4, 1999) was an American jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player. He also played flumpet, a trumpet–flugelhorn combination specially designed for him.

He and his identical twin brother, double bassist Addison Farmer, started playing professionally while in high school. Art gained greater attention after the release of a recording of his composition “Farmer’s Market” in 1952. He subsequently moved from Los Angeles to New York, where he performed and recorded with musicians such as Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins and Gigi Gryce and became known principally as a bebop player.

As Farmer’s reputation grew, he expanded from bebop into more experimental forms through working with composers such as George Russell and Teddy Charles. He went on to join Gerry Mulligan’s quartet and, with Benny Golson to co-found The Jazztet Continuing to develop his own sound, Farmer switched from trumpet to the warmer flugelhorn in the early 1960s, and he helped to establish the flugelhorn as a soloist’s instrument in jazz. He settled in Europe in 1968 and continued to tour internationally until his death. Farmer recorded more than 50 albums under his own name, a dozen with the Jazztet, and dozens more with other leaders. His playing is known for its individuality – most noticeably, its lyricism, warmth of tone and sensitivity.

Art Farmer was born an hour before his twin brother, on August 21, 1928, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, reportedly at 2201 Fourth Avenue.

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  • JBThazard

    i accidentally read his name as "Ant Farmer" [2] Also this man is sensational.

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Druid66

    I learned what a "flumpet" is from this guy. The marvelous places music will take you, I swear...!

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • janosalexis

    me encanta la trompeta y el piano en el jazz........y a tí.Hola a todos no escribo en ingles porque no se me entendería lo siento.Pero creo que la comunidad hispano hablante es enorme , o noooo.Un saludo a todos/as.Bueno también me gustan muchas más cosas ya os contaré,un abrazo.

    28 Apr 2011 Reply
  • goyanks1981

    wendell would be proud to know that in a year, it's nearly doubled.

    11 Jun 2010 Reply
  • tom_dissonance

    i accidentally read his name as "Ant Farmer"

    21 Jul 2009 Reply
  • lordinfamous

    Yama is really nice

    14 Jul 2009 Reply
  • wendell3

    Less than 55K listens to this genius!?

    11 May 2009 Reply
  • brendavazquez

    I love your library

    29 Dec 2008 Reply
  • SirAlecHendrix

    Art Farmer—now connected to the brandnew group ➤ Round Midnight

    26 Sep 2008 Reply
  • azfad

    anyone who plays a 'flumpet' deserves respect. (great player tho' in all seriousness)

    8 May 2008 Reply
  • gimantalon

    It seems like the people who knew him are also gone, well, I'm very glad I found his music!

    3 Jan 2008 Reply

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