Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow

In the mid-'50s, guitarist Tal Farlow led one of his finest groups, a drumless trio with pianist Eddie Costa and bassist Vinnie Burke. The same band would record the album Tal a week or two later. With Burke contributing a constant walking bass, the interplay between Farlow and Costa is always exciting, whether they are playing unisons or trading off. This 1999 CD reissue not only has the original seven selections but "Gone With the Wind" (which was left off of the original LP due to lack of space) plus three full-length alternate takes that are basically on the same level as the masters. Among the highpoints are "Taking a Chance on Love," "Yardbird Suite," "Like Someone in Love," and Farlow's lone original, "Meteor," which utilizes the chord changes of "Confirmation." Hot bebop that is easily recommended.
Scott Yanow

Source :

The Swinging Guitar of
Tal Farlow


1 Taking a Chance on Love (Duke, Dukelsy, Fetter, Latouche)  4:43
2 Yardbird Suite (Parker)  5:15
3 You Stepped Out of a Dream (Brown, Kahn)  5:39
4 They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin, Gershovitz)  5:42
5 Like Someone in Love (VanHeusen)  6:38
6 Meteor (Farlow)  6:35
7 I Love You (Porter)  5:30
8 Gone With the Wind (Wrubel, Magdison)  5:26
9 Taking a Chance on Love [breakdown take - compl. alt. take] (Duke, Dukelsy, Fetter, Latouche)  6:12
10 Yardbird Suite [false start - compl. alt. take] (Parker)  5:12
11 Gone With the Wind  (Wrubel, Magdison)  5:37

[Tracks 8-11 are previously unissued]


Tal Farlow - g
Eddie Costa - p
Vinnie Burke - b

Recorded at Fine Sound, New York City ; May 31, 1956


laconico said...

Thank you and welcome back.

Philo said...

Very enjoyable music.

One small point; Vinnie Burke is playing bass, not drums, on these tracks.

Melanchthon said...

You're right

moha said...

Thank You Mel!

Pernath said...

Love this record. Tal's 'Yardbird Suite' has always thrilled me. Thank you, Melanchthon.

El Tortuga said...

Thank you Melanchthon, a wonderful record!

deGallo said...

Wonderful! Thank you.

Blue Eyes said...

Great post Melanchthon, yes, a must have!

FrankDell said...

Agree with Pernath, Tal is thrilling. But Eddie Costa's right there. Thanks for this one, Mel.

Frasco said...

Thank you very much!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Doug said...

Thanks ... an excellent album.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

jazzandylan said...

Many thanks Mel - great album!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Fernando said...

Thank you!

Kovina Kris said...

I have this as part of another box but this is great stuff!