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James Farm reveals its amazing potential at Kuumbwa (Mercury News)

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  • June. 15, 2010
    James Farm reveals its amazing potential at Kuumbwa (Mercury News)

    James Farm—the collaborative band featuring Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland—performed at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, California, Monday night.

     

    The San Jose Mercury News' Richard Scheinin, reviewing the evening's second set, suggests that this band, "if it stays together and plays with any regularity, will be an important one."

     

    Scheinin goes on to write: "Foundational textures and grooves are important, evolving through each song, making a landscape. Organically, there are hip-hop, rock and North African beats, Radiohead trance-textures, classical motifs. Yet somehow this acoustic quartet doesn't give up the post-Miles-Trane-and-all-else attitude of a contagiously interactive jazz band, with small explosions happening from nanosecond to nanosecond.

     

    "By cooking the music in a smart new way, and by doing it with this much excitement and accessibility, James Farm could be one of those rare breakthrough bands — Brubeck and Miles did it long ago — that appeals to a significant audience beyond the jazz audience."

     

    Citing one particular high point of the evening, Scheinin concludes: "The band was all smiles at this and at other moments. Its members knew that rare things were happening. So did the audience."

     

    Read the complete review at mercurynews.com.

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on June 15, 2010

James Farm—the collaborative band featuring Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland—performed at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, California, Monday night.

 

The San Jose Mercury News' Richard Scheinin, reviewing the evening's second set, suggests that this band, "if it stays together and plays with any regularity, will be an important one."

 

Scheinin goes on to write: "Foundational textures and grooves are important, evolving through each song, making a landscape. Organically, there are hip-hop, rock and North African beats, Radiohead trance-textures, classical motifs. Yet somehow this acoustic quartet doesn't give up the post-Miles-Trane-and-all-else attitude of a contagiously interactive jazz band, with small explosions happening from nanosecond to nanosecond.

 

"By cooking the music in a smart new way, and by doing it with this much excitement and accessibility, James Farm could be one of those rare breakthrough bands — Brubeck and Miles did it long ago — that appeals to a significant audience beyond the jazz audience."

 

Citing one particular high point of the evening, Scheinin concludes: "The band was all smiles at this and at other moments. Its members knew that rare things were happening. So did the audience."

 

Read the complete review at mercurynews.com.

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