James Farm is an exciting new collaborative quartet featuring four of the elite voices in jazz: saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland. The band infuses traditional acoustic jazz quartet instrumentation with a progressive attitude and modern sound, creating music that is rhythmically and technically complex and at the same time harmonically rich, melodically satisfying, and emotionally compelling.
“The vibe is distinctly urban, though more alt-rock than street. The song-form structures are simple with tuneful themes and grungy beats, but once stated, they morph into the contemporary complexities of story-telling linear jazz.” —Financial Times
Joshua Redman is one of the most highly acclaimed and visible jazz artists working today. His sweet, singing tenor sax tone and exploratory projects have been praised by fans and critics alike. The son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman, Joshua graduated from Harvard, and was set on studying law at Yale until a summer in New York with his father set him on a very different career path. A 1991 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition winner, Redman brings his profound compositional talent to this new project.
“A jazz pianist who takes risks, Parks is a wonder on his major-label debut.” —Details
24-year old Seattle native Aaron Parks is one of the most talked-about artists in the jazz world. With his technically involved yet boundlessly melodic and sensitive playing, and with the sense of color and imagination he conveys in every musical situation, Parks is setting a new standard for jazz piano expression. He has spent five years as a member of Terence Blanchard‘s group, has toured extensively with Kurt Rosenwinkel, and has recorded with Christian Scott, Gretchen Parlato, and many others.
“Penman brought out the bottom of the music in a way of which bassists rarely conceive” David Miller, All About Jazz
Originally from New Zealand, Bassist Matt Penman has been a first-call player since his arrival in New York. An original member of the SFJAZZ Collective, Penman has also performed regularly with John Scofield, Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Heartcore, Kenny Werner and Madeleine Peyroux, and has appeared on over 100 recordings.
“…setting the rhythm of jazz’s future.” -New York Times
Drummer Eric Harland has been a revelatory presence in the jazz world since the mid 1990s. He has performed with Betty Carter, Charles Lloyd, Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, SFJAZZ Collective, and many more. He has appeared on several Grammy-nominated recordings, and counts 18 film scores among the hundreds of recordings he has played on.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“It’s a bit like four of the best in the business just called a ‘session’ one day, but instead of standards, they each brought in their own music … And this band’s labor has clearly proven fruitful.” —NPR
“The technical prowess that he and his fellow group members possess is not valuable in-and-of-itself, but only as a means to more expressive ends.” – Christopher Jones, All About Jazz