The Allen Farnham Quartet

The Common Thread

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The music on this 1995 release was performed by the quartet of pianist Allen Farnham, bassist Drew Gress, drummer Jamey Haddad, and tenor-saxophonist Joe Lovano in 1986, the trio of Farnham, Gress and Haddad in 1992, and by Farnham solo in 1994. The pianist is best-known for playing behind other artists, including being the musical director for the late singer Susannah McCorkle. Throughout this set, Farnham shows that he is a solid, modern, mainstream soloist, sometimes recalling Bill Evans and (to a lesser extent) Keith Jarrett. Lovano plays well in his spots particularly on a medium-tempo "How Deep Is The Ocean." Farnham contributed four of the ten songs, and also interprets pieces by Ralph Towner, Steve Swallow, Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Bill Evans. Overall, this is an excellent effort, with enough variety in tempos and moods to hold one's interest.

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