Petite Belle – 1964

Art Farmer-Jim Hall Quartet


Lyrical and beautiful playing by Farmer and Hall

One of the finest groups that flugelhornist Art Farmer ever led was the short-lived quartet that he had after the breakup of the Jazztet.

Farmer and guitarist Jim Hall were a perfect match, both being very lyrical players tied to bebop and cool jazz but also forward-looking, and skilled at making every note count.

This exquisite performance from 1964 (taken from a BBC television show) has Farmer and Hall joined by bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Pete La Roca, performing the beautiful “Petite Belle.”

-Scott Yanow

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