In Paris, Art met a drummer from Portland, who convinced him to check the jazz scene out there. In Portland he met Jeff Johnson and after playing as a trio for some time, they recorded an album of Art’s tunes, “A Gift” with Jeff Johnson and drummer Billy Mintz in 1989. The liner notes say that two of the three originals on the album were written less than one week before they went in the studio.
Then in 1991, he recorded “My Heart”, led by Jeff Johnson, with John Gross and Billy Mintz. Johnson released the album in 2023, when he learned Art was terminally ill. From an interview in All About Jazz of "My Heart", Paul Rauch writes:
"All things aside, Minneapolis was Johnson's primary education, where he learned from such Twin Cities stalwarts as pianist Art Resnick. As both a pianist and composer, Resnick was a deep dive into jazz harmony and ear training for the young bassist, not to mention a meter-bending composer several turns ahead of the compositional curve in jazz. In 1991, the year this session was recorded, Resnick had relocated to Portland, Oregon, while Johnson had settled in just up the coast in Seattle. They had played together for a few years in Los Angeles with intrepid drummer Billy Mintz and influential saxophonist, John Gross."
After listening to the album, UK saxophonist Pete Effamy wrote, “It’s major league playing and writing. It really is. I have listened to a lot of this stuff - most, I find to be a bit boring these days, but this has such sensitive performances from all, that it sits together in a really nice musical way. Respect to them. This has a place in a review by one of the major mags like Downbeat.”