On the Road brought together in 1976 three major jazz artists whose careers began in the Los Angeles jazz scene of the mid-Forties. Art Farmer had been drawn by music from Phoenix to L.A., where young Art Pepper and Hampton Hawes were rapidly puzzling out the mysteries of bebop. Now, 30 years later, they were among the master soloists of the music. Joined by two other giants, Ray Brown and Shelly Manne, and by the impressive young drummer Steve Ellington, Farmer and his friends settled into the Contemporary studio for three sessions of relaxed blowing. Included is a duet version of "My Funny Valentine" that highlights the empathy between Hawes and Farmer that went back to their post-war jam session days.
with Art Pepper, Hampton Hawes, Ray Brown, Steve Ellington, Shelly Manne