Chris Farr – Compared to What

One of the things I love about writing this blog is finding killer players that I’ve never heard of. If you’re not familiar with Chris Farr, listen up – this will be the first of two transcriptions of his playing.

The Roots first landed on my radar back in 2010 when they opened John Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity”. They killed it. I immediately bought the CD they did with John Legend, which has stayed in my listening rotation ever since.

I had it on the other day, and got really in to the sac solo on Compared to What. I had to do some digging, but I’m 99% certain it’s Chris Farr. He’s an Eastman endorser and saxophone instructor in Philadelphia (hometown of the Roots).

The solo is super funky. It opens with a lengthy hemiola that was a little tough to notate, but I think I got it. Chris has a beautiful sound with a lot of character. And the altissimo at the end is so smooth!

  • Artist: Chris Farr
  • Album: John Legend and the Roots – Wake Up!
  • Track: Compared to What (YouTube link)
  • Instrument: Tenor Sax




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