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Art Farmer: Yesterday’s Thoughts

The 441 label has just launched a promising new reissue spinoff, Test of Time. The purpose is to make recordings of the Japanese Eastwind label available in the U.S. on CD for the first time, with DSD remastering.

Jazz fans who were buying records in the 1970s will remember Eastwind LPs, with their cool covers and superior sound. Most were recorded by the late David Baker, who in the mid-’70s had a very neutral, purist approach to recording, probably with less complex miking than he would use later in his career. The sound of Yesterday’s Thoughts, the first of several planned Art Farmer reissues, is squeaky-clean but somewhat recessed, especially on Billy Higgins’ drums.

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