Joe Farrell: Molten Glass


Molten Glass


Joe Farrell (flute)


Joe Farrell Quartet (CTI/CBS Associated ZK 40694)

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Joe Farrell (flute), Chick Corea (piano), Dave Holland (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums).

Composed by Joe Farrell


Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, July 1970


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

The late reed player Joe Farrell was considered to be a jazz journeyman and a good studio musician, appearing on hundreds of sessions and known as a dependable performer. His technique grew to be strong and admired, though he had some detractors who claimed he could not be subtle. Opinions are opinions. My opinion, for what it is worth, is that on "Molten Glass," he is plenty subtle.

The Joe Farrell Quartet was Farrell's first album as leader. Those who own it are aware that it is one of the most important jazz albums of that time because it features upcoming jazz superstars Corea, Holland and DeJohnette. (John McLaughlin also appears on one cut). The album is a bit schizophrenic. Half the tunes are melodious. The other cuts are portions free jazz and sound effects.

"Molten Glass" is a lovely composition. It could easily be imagined as a movie soundtrack theme behind Audrey Hepburn. Corea, Holland and DeJohnette expertly clear the way for Farrell. He then maps out the route for this delicate ballad with his flighty and lyrical flute playing. The rhythm section expertly keeps time as Corea adds occasional shading chords. Corea's solo turn is quite pleasing as he continues along the trail Farrell had laid. "Molten Glass" is a fragile and delicate work that is based much upon the subtlety of Farrell's pen and flute.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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