Esteemed British newspaper, The Guardian, published a special review of James Farm‘s sophomore album, City Folk, recently released via Nonesuch Records. The album features a new collection of 10 original tunes written by all four members of the collaborative band: saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland. On City Folk, the group uses traditional acoustic jazz quartet instrumentation for its song-based approach to jazz and incorporates the members’ myriad influences.
The Guardian recalls their 2011 debut album: “That album’s improv was stronger than the writing, and to some extent the same applies here – but the soloing is even more compelling.” They go to express specific praise for each member of the group and how their talents contribute to the whole album. Check out the entire review here and give it a push onto the Radio 200 chart this week!