A rare early Blue Note album by guitarist Tal Farlow — pre-Verve material that's really wonderful, and which shows that Farlow was already one of the freshest jazz guitar talents of his generation ! The record has a cool 2-guitar frontline, played by Farlow and the obscure Don Arnone — with a sound that's very different from Farlow's other work, decidedly more modernist and edgey — almost in the territory of some of the Gil Melle Blue Note recordings, filled with rich colors and tones. The only other instrumentation is bass from Clyde Lombardi and drums from Joe Morello — the latter of whom sounds great here in a pre-Brubeck appearance. Titles include "Tina", "All Through The Night", and "Splash" — and the cool original cover will make your eyes pop out with delight !
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1 Lover (Rodgers, Hart) 4:03
2 Flamingo (Grouya, Henderson) 4:29
3 Splash (Farlow) 3:34
4 Rock ‘N’ Rye (Farlow) 4:03
5 All Through The Night (Porter) 4:05
6 Tina (Farlow) 3:57Personnel
Tal Farlow - g
Don Arnone - g
Clyde Lombardi - b
Joe Morello - dr
Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, at the Van Gelder Studios in Hackensack, New Jersey ; April 11, 1954
Among the rarest Blue Note recordings are the ones issued in the early '50s on ten-inch LPs, a format that did not catch on (being quickly overshadowed by twelve-inch LPs). In this session, Tal is joined by second guitarist Don Arnone, bassist Clyde Lombardi and drummer Joe Morello for three standards ("Lover," "Flamingo" and "All Through the Night") plus a trio of the leader's originals during what was Farlow's first recording as a leader. Even at that early stage, Tal Farlow was a giant.Scott Yanow
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