THIS is a terrific example of my mentor's beautiful flugel sound and brilliant approach to improvisation. From the Creed Taylor film Rhythmstick -- Art Farmer, Romero Lubambo and Airto perform "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise," with an introduction by Dizzy Gillespie. ~DM
"Everyone has to find their own voice as an instrumentalist, in jazz more than other kinds of music. You want to sound as much like yourself as you can, and still retain your musical values. My decision to concentrate on the flugelhorn was not as strange to me as it was to other people..it's just a certain sound that I'm looking for." ~Art Farmer
Like many independent jazz labels, Monarch Records was a labor of love. None of us got rich, but we had fun and were able to make available some quality music by Cedar Walton, Dave Ellis, Eddie Marshall and others. We released dozens of recordings before the company was sold. I'm most proud of our live recording by Art Farmer, one of his last and our best.