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Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow [Original recording remastered]

Tal FarlowAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 26, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000HXFM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A drummerless trio session from the self-taught guitar legend, dubbed "one of the best LPs of the year" by Down Beat in 1957. Includes Taking a Chance on Love; Yardbird Suite; Meteor , and more, featuring four previously unissued bonus tracks!

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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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some real surprises on this fine album March 16, 2002
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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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Master at his work February 20, 2005
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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.


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Mr. Farlow came along years before Wes Montgomery, and never achieved Wes's level of mass appeal. Listen to this 1956 album, however, and you will be amazed. This expanded CD has 63 swinging minutes of guitar, piano and bass, but the trio sounds like a quintet at least. The old standards are recognizable, the tunes written without lyrics are interesting, and the absence of horns or drums isn't noticed at all. I wanted this when it was an LP but never got my hands on it. I have coveted it on CD the last few years, looking for a bargain price, but finally settled on something close to full retail. It's worth it. Enjoyable all the way through, I could see how a real guitar lover might declare this to be his favorite jazz disc ever. I expect to hear this one a lot over the next year or two, and to be fully satisfied. Read the other reviews posted here for "why" it works, and "how" Tal was so good. As a non-musician, all I can say is "This one is great fun and what 50's jazz was all about."
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young and Hot!!! May 16, 2001
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For those of you who own a few of Tal's later recordings and think you've heard him don't wait another moment before buying this CD. I had always heard that his later recordings, while good, are not his best and do not show the tremendous techncal command he had of the instrument when he was young. While I still can't say that Tal ever made a bad record I will say that this one is quite a shock if all you ever heard were the later realeases. On this recording Tal is absolutely one fire and he swings like a madman through ever peice on here. It's almost inconceivable how easily he plays the most difficult material and at incredible tempos. Do yourself a favor and buy this CD now!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Listening November 10, 2004
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Tal Farlow had played the guitar like Coltrane played the saxophone - a complete mastery and intuitive ability that is hard to match. He advanced where Charlie Christian left off and set the stage for such masters as Joe Pass and Wes Montgomery. Eddie Costa is also a delight to listen to - with his strange and highly original stylings (that really compliment Farlow in an interesting way). This one deserves more attention - I treasure it as much as any other jazz album I own - including my favorite - Charles Mingus (who did not care much for Farlow)!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cd/Great Musician February 18, 2005
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This is an excellent recording for those of you who like the guitar/bass/piano format. When I first heard it, it didn't move me the way it moved others. The difficult thing about listening to so many jazz guitarists who have recorded sessions in different decades is that your ears sometimes remain stagnant or stationary for the moment. Tal no doubt influenced a number of guitar players throughout the years. Tal wasn't the only one with large hands. I certainly feel without a shadow of a doubt that Johnny Smith had the best technique of any plectrum style jazz guitarist. Comparing Tal and Johnny would be a waste since they are both great musicians and guitarist. I will say that Johnny had the cleanest tone of the two and could execute any line at amazing, almost unmatched tempo's. I recommend this regarding and think that it should be compared with other guitarist of the era and beyond. I would recommend listening the Ahmad Jamal's Chamber music cd which is in the same format as Tal's session. Compare and Contrast! This will give you the best picture and insights into how these great musicians explored and executed their craft!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tal at his prime January 10, 2002
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This is a great cd. It's the trio in the 50s with Costa on piano. Tal and Costa together on a cd makes it worth getting. Both really drive the beat hard. I prefer the cd called "Tal" to this one (it's the same group around the same time, just a different session.) but this one is really good. This is Tal in top form. If you are into guitar or jazz, you should get this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the very best modern jazz guitarist
Well, the very best modern jazz guitarist. What can I say more.
Published 2 months ago by N. van Beek
5.0 out of 5 stars Check out these hip swinging cats!
Purchased this cd based on the recommendation of D. Allen, and it was a good one. This is a very cool cd. Read more
Published 13 months ago by GM
3.0 out of 5 stars Great single note player
Tal Farlow is a name that rarely comes up in guitar circles these days. But he's worth a listen. All work on this album is with very small groups--often without even a drummer. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Personne
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Playing
Crisp and melodic is his music ~ it flows like water in a brook amongst the meadows and gentle slopping hills; it os very easy to listen to.
Published 22 months ago by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars Tal Farlow is 91 years young today JUNE 7 2012
My buddy up in HEAVEN Tal Farlow is 91 on this date....June 7 1921 was the date that he came to Earth to Greensboro , North Carolina.... Read more
Published on June 7, 2012 by Hollywood Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Parker on the guitar.
I first heard this recording at age 14 or 15. Until that time I had only heard Charlie Christian, but to hear bebop played on guitar was a revelation to me. Read more
Published on December 26, 2010 by Jerlaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Surprise
I bought this based on the reviews here, and I didn't get a bum steer. I like Grant Green and Kenny Burrell's albums from the '50's and 60's, and this album is right up there with... Read more
Published on September 17, 2010 by D. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars jazz guitar
Tal Farlow will always be one of the incredible jazz guitarist. This cd show the unique style of Tal Fralow, clean sound and the improvisation of a master.
Published on October 15, 2009 by Edwin Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Lesson in Taking Chances in Music !
I love Tal , He isnt Very well Known , Because He took a Break in the 60s , But His music is Different then most , He like everyone else of His time came from Charlie , But He took... Read more
Published on December 2, 2007 by James
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Jazz
Tal Farlow is a fleet-fingered jazz guitarist who had an off-an-on career. This CD is regarded as his best. Read more
Published on November 20, 2007 by Anthony Cooper
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