Joe Farrell was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist and elite-caliber bandleader and sideman. Though he played virtually all reeds and winds, his primary tools were saxophones, flute, and oboe. Though his recording career began in 1960, he is best known as a founding member of Chick Corea's original Return to Forever in 1970, and for the seven dates he led for CTI, including 1970's Joe Farrell Quartet, 1973's Moon Germs, and 1975's Canned Funk. Farrell appeared on dozens of pop, R&B, and rock records from artists including Laura Nyro and James Brown. He also worked extensively with Elvin Jones from 1968 to 1975, while playing countless sessions and touring with others, and leading his own groups. After CTI, Farrell issued two albums for Warner Bros.: the Latin jazz outing La Catedral y El Toro and 1978's exercise in disco and smooth ...
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