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Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow
Genres: Jazz, Pop
There were several fine jazz guitarists--Billy Bauer, Jimmy Raney, and Johnny Smith among them--who emerged in the late '40s and early '50s only to leave the spotlight within a few years. Tal Farlow, who died in 1998, stoo... more »
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There were several fine jazz guitarists--Billy Bauer, Jimmy Raney, and Johnny Smith among them--who emerged in the late '40s and early '50s only to leave the spotlight within a few years. Tal Farlow, who died in 1998, stood out even among this gifted group, a brilliant musician who chose to spend much of his life working as a sign painter in North Carolina, playing locally and occasionally returning to the recording studios. On this 1956 session, Farlow led a trio with pianist Eddie Costa and bassist Vinnie Burke. The style of the group--without horns or drums--might be described as "chamber bop," relatively quiet music that swings mightily with complex and mutually supportive interaction, rhythmic verve and fluid invention. Farlow spins out stunning, seemingly effortless, lines of melody, both on bop tunes like Charlie Parker's "Yardbird Suite" and standards such as "Like Someone in Love." His overlapping exchanges with Costa--who possessed a Bud Powell-like fluency--are inspired. --Stuart Broomer
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Some real surprises on this fine album
Ian Muldoon | Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia | 03/17/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Very few guitar players move me. Joe Pass I admire but am not moved by. Considering this album was made nearly half a century ago, I was more than surprised by the quality of the playing, its freshness and its ability to move me. Incredible support provided by a rock solid bass player and Eddie Costa is a revelation on piano. An excellent jazz album of guitar music up there with Jim Hall. It was standard procedure by Norman Granz to fill most albums with standard warhorse melodies such as "Gone with the Wind" but there is one original - Meteor - by the leader and master musician Talmadge Holt Farlow who also manages to make the standards fresh. A terrific album, and one of Verve's "By Request" series."
Another fine recording from one of the best jazz guitarists.
Brian Kelly | 07/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Supple and always swinging, Tal Farlow is in fine form on this reissue. Because Farlow went years between recordings, it is often hard to find Farlow albums. This would be a great companion listen to the "Tal Farlow Returns - 1969" album. Farlow will be greatly missed."
A Master at his work
Jorge Barbarosa | the back 9 | 02/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Several reviews have covered in minute detail the excellence of this project. I have to agree, plus I have to express my sincere gratitude to those engineers who are bringing matieral of this caliber back into circulation via remastering and digitalizing. It's wonderful to be to enjoy the sounds of the masters during their heyday, plus listen to alternate takes, and other bonus material from the sessions. Thanks and hats off to a bunch of dedicated "philes" of the process.