Allen Farnham: Meets The RIAS Big Band
Jobim's "Triste" features Meurkens' harmonica in a sweeping dramatic approach that lets loose the sentiment associated with that tune. Farnham's arrangement of John Coltrane's "Cousin Mary" follows in the Count Basie tradition, with an easy-going blues approach punctuated by high brass attacks. Whigham, Potter, Farnham, and flugelhornist Till Broenner take the spotlight solo work; Broenner proves to be a hidden talent deserving much wider recognition.
Other standouts include alto saxophonist Greg Peters on "There Will Never Be Another You," clarinetist Klaus Marmulla & flutist Walter Gauchel on "Triste," and Chris Potter's feature on "My Foolish Heart." Having just turned 27 and carrying nine years of professional experience under his belt, Potter has matured rather quickly and has developed a firm sound of his own. He's an ideal partner here for the suave harmonica tone of veteran Hendrik Meurkens, and they benefit from the absorbing arrangements of Allen Farnham.
Track Listing: RIAS-Ticity; Work Song, Part I; Work Song, Part II; Lost in Zurich; There Will Never Be Another You; Triste; Gai-Kichi; My Foolish Heart; Samba de Sorvete; Cousin Mary.
Record Label: Concord Music Group