Joe Farrell: Follow Your Heart


Follow Your Heart


Joe Farrell Quartet


Joe Farrell Quartet (CBS Associated ZK 40694)

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Joe Farrell (sax), Chick Corea (piano), Dave Holland (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), John McLaughlin (electric guitar).

Composed by John McLaughlin


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 1970


Rating: 99/100 (learn more)

I am cheating a bit calling this tune a standard. It is not. But damn it, this should be. Here's my case: I once heard it on a soap opera. Guitarist Bill Frisell covered it on his fine album Ghost Town. John Abercrombie also takes a skilled whack at it on the Mahavishnu tribute album Visions of an Inner Mounting Apocalypse. That's enough justification for me. Here, a young electric John McLaughlin plays with Joe Farrell, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland. (Chick Corea sits it out.) What a band and what a performance! "Follow Your Heart" is a melodious ballad with a hook, played in a relaxed mode with an unusual time signature (11/8) and enough open space for all of the players to successfully contribute. It is also one of the earliest examples of McLaughlin showing off those comping "jangly" chords he would become famous for. ("Follow Your Heart" also appears in part on McLaughlin's album Extrapolation and in full on My Goal's Beyond.)

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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