Two Egg staff members were trying to answer the questions that follow James Farm around – the biggest one being, of course, “Who’s James?”
One of the staffers had that one knocked. Take the first initials of each of the players – tenorman Joshua Redman, keyboardist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland – and then add an invisible apostrophe and an ‘S’, and there’s “James” for you. The other staffer considered that for a second, and then asked plaintively, “But what’s the ‘Farm?'”
I tried to answer that, saying it was “a metaphor for the collective spirit the group feels when they play together.” Hey, I’m a professional. I’m supposed to come up with existential crap like that.