Joe Farrell was a journeyman sax man with an impressive
resume when he signed on with the CTI label in 1970, and
went on to record some of the best music for that label,
gaining an international audience with his release of the
progressive “Moon Gems,” in 1972.
Joseph Carl Firrantello was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
on Dec. 16, 1937. He was serious about music from an
early age and was playing a proficient flute by age 11. Upon
graduating from University of Illinois in 1959, he headed to
New York and became a freelance musician, by this time
well entrenched in the bop technique of the saxophone.
Farrell joined up with the Maynard Ferguson Big Band from
1960 to 1961 and then Slide Hampton in 1962