Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Tal Farlow Album

For guitarist Tal Farlow’s second album as a leader (following a very obscure effort for Blue Note), he is joined by rhythm guitarist Barry Galbraith, bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Joe Morello on eight numbers, and pianist Claude Williamson and bassist Red Mitchell for the remaining four. Farlow is heard in his early prime. Thirty-two at the time, he was a brilliant technician who could play extremely fast, yet clean and with a light touch. His solos on the 11 standards (which include Pettiford’s “Blues in the Closet,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy” and “You and the Night and the Music"), plus his own “Gibson Boy,” are hard-swinging and creative, yet thoughtful. [Originally released in 1954, "Tal Farlow Album" was finally reissued on CD in 2002 and includes bonus tracks.]
Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

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Tal Farlow


1 If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You (Schwartz, Deitz)  2:42
2 With the Wind and the Rain in Your Hair (Edwards, Lawrence)  2:59
3 My Old Flame (Coslow, Johnston)  3:33
4 Gibson Boy (Farlow)  2:43
5 Love Nest (Harbach, Hirsch)  2:42
6 You and the Night and the Music (Dietz, Schwartz)  3:40
7 Ev'rything I've Got (Hart, Rodgers)  3:27
8 Blues in the Closet (Pettiford)  2:48
9 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  2:55
10 This is Always (Warren, Gordon)  3:04
11 Lullaby of the Leaves (Petkere, Young)  3:45
12 Stompin' at the Savoy (Goodman, Razaf, Sampson, Webb)  3:15


[# 1-8]
Tal Farlow - g
Barry Galbraith - g
Oscar Pettiford - b
Joe Morello - dr
Recorded at Fine Sound, New York City ;
June 2, 1954
[# 9-12]
Tal Farlow - g
Claude Williamson - p
Red Mitchell - b

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles ; April 25, 1955


Otis Foster said...

Thnx Mel.

It's interesting how many musicians picked up on 'With the Wind and the Rain In Your Hair', incl. Getz, Niehaus and other West Coasters. That was part of the score for Sturges' wonderful screwball comedy 'The Lady Eve', but it had an odd genesis:

"Originally written by Clara Edwards around 1930 as a 16 bar tune, it was discovered by Jack
Lawrence a decade later. He added a verse and a bridge, producing a song that resulted in
hits for Bob Crosby, Pat Boone, Kay Kyser and others, and was heard in the Preston Sturges films “Lady Eve” and “Sullivan’s Travels.”


Lawrence apparently found the line in some old Schirmer sheet music. It stuck in his brain, and he reworked it adding a new bridge. He eventually met up with Clara Edwards, the original composer, who was delighted to see her music revived.

Kndnsk said...

I never tire of the Gibson Boy track! Great record.

Kovina Kris said...

Another beautiful post Mel. Thank you very much! Great to see your blog back up again.

jazzjose said...

gracias por la vuelta

neil said...

Thanks, Mel, for the opportunity to upgrade my mp3s...

Anonymous said...

thanks for posting this.

L.O.L. said...


estravagario said...

Thank you !!!

FrankDell said...

Thanks, Mel.

Heervee said...

Thousand Thanks, downloaded it sometime ago, loved it, but my hard disk crashed. So pleased to find it again. Thank you

Chris said...

Thanks Mel another Farlow album I missed before.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks for ALL the Goodies.

deGallo said...

Ah! The great Tal Farlow. Thank you.

Pee said...

Huh, I have the Japanese pressing of this disc, but it doesn't include the bonus tracks. I'll check those out, thanks!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Jazz Padd said...

Once again, thank you!

Bill said...

Great cover and wonderful music, thank you!

Fred Archtop said...

Wow ! Thanks a lot Mel.