AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
On the Road features a logical but only one-time collaboration between flügelhornist Art Farmer and altoist Art Pepper. With pianist Hampton Hawes, bassist Ray Brown, and either Steve Ellington or Shelly Manne on drums completing the quintet, the five standards and Hawes' original "Downwind" were certainly in good hands. A special highlight is a duet version of "My Funny Valentine," featuring Farmerand Hawes. Everyone plays up to par on this spirited straight-ahead set.
On The Road
Contemporary Records Recorded July 26 & 28 and August 16, 1976
Tracklist A1 Downwind (Hampton Hawes) A2 My Funny Valentine (Rodgers, Hart) 7:30 A3 Namely You (DePaul, Mercer) 14:28 B1 What Am I Here For? (Ellington, Laine) 21:21 B2 I Can't Get Started (I. Gershwin, Duke) 28:08 B3 Will You Still Be Mine? (Dennis, Adair) 35:39
Art Farmer (flugelhorn) Art Pepper (as) Hampton Hawes (p) Ray Brown (b) Shelly Manne (dr) Track B1, B3 Steve Ellington (dr) A1, A3, B2