Joe Farrell: Song of the Wind
Song of the Wind
Joe Farrell (soprano sax, flute)
Joe Farrell Quartet (CTI CBS Associated (ZK 40694)
Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, July 1970
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
The rest of the ensemble used on Joe Farrell Quartet, which included John McLaughlin, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland, sat on the sidelines for this sublime Chick Corea and Joe Farrell duet treatment of Corea's "Song of the Wind." Corea's melody is a tender trip. His lush piano playing is laden with lullaby-like arpeggios that evoke the more introspective moments of childhood wonder. Farrell plays a superb soprano saxophone that continually circles Corea's thoughts. The tune's midsection devolves into some brief free jazz tastefully expressed. Upon a return to normalcy, Farrell is now on flute. The two musicians enjoy an empathic interplay that reeks of telepathy. Farrell returns to saxophone to resolve the piece. "Song of the Wind" is a wonderful performance worthy of being the title cut of any great jazz album. In fact, four years later in a strange marketing move, Joe Farrell Quartet was reissued by CTI under the new name Song of the Wind.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky