Art Farmer: To Sweden With Love

After the 1962 breakup of the Jazztet that he’d co-founded with Benny Golson, flugelhornist Farmer formed a pianoless quartet with Jim Hall that made three LPs for Atlantic before disbanding in 1964. Recorded in Sweden with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Pete La Roca, this inventive group rises to the challenge of playing a program of Swedish folk songs, all but one arranged by Farmer. The unfamiliar tunes means zero reliance on standard chord progressions and the sort of automatic reactions a familiar set of tunes might engender. The combination of Farmer’s lustrous, lyrical horn with Hall’s magical touch on guitar makes this short count CD the minor masterpiece it is.