Farm Jazz

In the later 1990s, when I was seriously down on my luck health-wise for the first time, doctors shipped me off to a remote German island for several weeks, trying to get some health back into me. It was the time of portable (especially) Sony CD players, one of which I had along at the time. The problem was – probably due to early stages of dementia – that I had forgotten to take any fodder along for my portable work of wonder.

The tiny island actually had a small music shop and I ended up buying a bunch of CDs (for an arm and a leg) just to have something to keep me busy while I was doing the best I myself could to get everything close to 100% again.

It was a tough time that also made me re-evaluate a lot of things and brought about some fundamental changes in my life.


When I returned home – after close to seven weeks of seclusion – I shelved those CDs and never (ever) listened to them again (for 18 years) because of the memories attached to them. Recently, due to uncovering a photo album depicting those seven weeks, an album that had been stashed away in the furthest recesses of my apartment, I once again pulled out those CDs to give them a cautious spin.

I discovered that I can once again enjoy the music as much as I did way back when.
I guess enough time has passed.


I was still very much in “fusion” mode at the time, something that – for implied reasons above – had been lying dormant these past many years as well – and Larry Carlton’s “Larry Carlton Collection Volume 2” (GRP, 1997) was the first CD I had picked up at said small shop that time.

The one track that uncovers a whole canvas of mixed emotions immediately from that CD is “Farm Jazz” (this version), which is quite a different beast when compared to its 1993 original (Renegade Gentleman, 1993).

Coupled with “March of the Jazz Angels” and “Ridin’ the Treasure“, those tracks, listened to a thousand times, helped get me back on my feet, strange as that may sound.


Note: I’m usually very careful when it comes around to using photos on this small website of mine but this (first) time I actually “borrowed” (=stole) a photo by the wonderful Jim McGuire, just because he manged to capture an image of Larry Carlton that comes so damn close to the image I had in my head when I listened to the above-mentioned upbeat tracks in a seven-week repeat loop. I really hope Mr. McGuire won’t sue me. (Featured image © Jim McGuire | | Jim McGuire Photography)

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Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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