Joe Farnsworth: It's Prime Time (2004)
The mood of the recording is diverse, studied, and carefully prepared. Pianists Harold Mabern and David Hazeltine provide original tunes especially for this recording date. Benny Golson roughs out "And So, I Love Again," which was composed in '85 but was never recorded. Golson and Curtis Fuller team up on Golson's "Five Spot After Dark," recalling Art Blakey, while Fuller, Rotondi and Joe's brother John Farnsworth stride through "Hello, Young Lovers." The title cut, composed by Farnsworth, is a brilliant throwback to the soul jazz of the 1960s and features Ron Carter in an extended solo setting.
Joe Farnsworth's drumming deserves a bit of attention. Far from the iconoclast, Farnsworth prefers to drive the rhythm section. While doing this, he is free to sow off his considerable talent playing the cymbals. "Sweet Poppa" is a great vehicle just for this. It's Prime Time is no boring regurgitation of the same old standards. It is a fresh look at some old songs and a fresh approach to some new ones.
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Track Listing: 1. Sweet Poppa (H. Mabern); 2. Old Folks (D.L. Hill, W. Robinson); 3. Prime Time (J. Farnsworth); 4. Stable Mates (B. Golson); 5. Five Spot After Dark (B. Golson); 6. And So, I Love Again (B. Golson); 7. The Third Plane (R. Carter); 8. Hello, Young Lovers (R. Rodgers, O. Hammerstein II); 9. Jose's Lament (D. Hazeltine)
Personnel: Joe Farnsworth (Drums); Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone); Ron Carter (bass); John Farnsworth (tenor saxophone); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Benny Golson (tenor saxophone); David Hazeltine (piano); Harold Mabern (piano); Jim Rotondi (trumpet and flugelhorn)
Record Label: 441 Records