Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tal Farlow - Autumn in New York

When guitarist Tal Farlow died in July, 1998, at the age of 77, he left behind an unmatched legacy of jazz guitar music. He began his career as a contemporary of the centuries' most recognized and influential jazz guitarists and quickly rose to a pre-eminent position among them. A sign painter by trade, Tal Farlow took up the guitar after hearing Charlie Christian on the radio. He was so impressed with Christian's playing that he went out and bought a fourteen dollar guitar. He taught himself how to play by learning all of Charlie Christian's solos off Benny Goodman records. That was in North Carolina in the late 1930's. In the 1940's Tal Farlow was in New York beginning to influence and capture the imaginations of jazz guitarists and jazz fans with his unique sound and style. He made a number of recordings with Buddy deFranco and Red Norvo before making a series of recordings under his own name in the 1950's. These recordings include Tal, This is Tal Farlow, The Tal Farlow Album and Autumn in New York. It was this series of recordings that established Tal Farlow as one of the greatest jazz guitarist of all time. Most of these early recordings remain on vinyl only and most of these are in the hands of collectors. So,it is a real treat when a Tal Farlow album is reissued. Autumn in New York, contains all the elements of the Tal Farlow sound ; clearly articulated lines played throughout the range of the guitar, chromatic chords, complex solos that frequently quote other songs, speed, and that special tone that is immediately recognized as Tal Farlow. All of these elements are heard in "Strike Up The Band". The title song is played in an introspective ballad style. It begins with a chord melody solo that demonstrates the unusual chord forms that mark Farlow's playing. When the rest of the band joins in Farlow restates the melody in a single line style and then moves into a typically complex and flowing Tal Farlow improvisation. This one tune is worth the price of admission, but continue listening. Two selections are Tal Farlow originals ; "And She Remembers Me", and "Tal's Blues". The balance are standards that carry the special Tal Farlow mark. Rodgers and Hart get ample representation here with "I'd Like To Recognize The Tune", "Little Girl Blue" and "Have You Met Miss Jones". The vinyl version of this session ends with the romping rendition of the Ray Noble classic "Cherokee". If you'd like to know what kind of music a great jazz guitarist was making in the 1950's this CD is a good place to start. If you'd like to know why guitarists today (young and old) acknowledge a debt to Tal Farlow, this CD is a must. After more than 40 years this music doesn't just hold up, it continues to set a standard for great jazz guitar.
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Source : http://www.amazon.com/Autumn-New-York-Tal-Farlow/dp/B00000891T

Tal Farlow
Autumn in New York
(aka The Guitar Artistry of Tal Farlow)
Japanese Import

Tracks

1 I Like to Recognize the Tune (Hart)  3:09
2 Strike Up the Band (Gershwin)  3:29
3 Autumn in New York (Duke)  5:06
4 And She Remembers Me (Farlow)  4:25
5 Little Girl Blue (Rodgers)  3:22
6 Have You Met Miss Jones ? (Rodgers)  4:58
7 Tal's Blues (Farlow)  5:09
8 Cherokee (Noble)  4:52

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Personnel
Tal Farlow - g
Gerry Wiggins - p
Ray Brown - b
Chico Hamilton - dr

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles ; November 15 & 16, 1954

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L'Avis du Patron
Il est des disques rares, il est des disques que l'on peut ré-écouter sans cesse, il est des disques dont on ne se lassera jamais de découvrir les beautés cachées, non plus que d'épuiser les richesses. Et celui-ci est l'un d'eux. Un des plus beaux enregistrements que je connaisse, une merveille d'équilibre et de fraîcheur, plus de soixante après avoir été enregistrée. On demeure toujours coi en l'écoutant. Tal nous attrape par les oreilles tel le lapin que l'on sort de son terrier. Il nous prend par là et nous lâche plus. Mr. Farlow est une sorte d'énigme. On voudrait savoir comment cet homme-là a appris à jouer de la guitare. Comment en est-il arrivé à cela. Comment est-on ? ou plutôt, comment devient-on Tal Farlow ? Car Talmage "Octopus" Farlow, homme "pieuvre" bien avant l'homme-Araignée, revendique des influences qui peuvent nous paraître, aujourd'hui surannées, d'Eddie Lang à Carl Kress. On ne doute pas une seconde de ce précieux lignage, mais on s'interroge sur ce que, de son côté, il a découvert, pour transcender de la sorte un pareil héritage. Troisième disque en leader, après une première et arachnéenne session pour Blue Note suivie d'une non moins belle chez Verve, quelques mois plus tôt, cet enregistrement (Nov. 1954), second d'une splendide série enregistrée pour Verve/Norgran, composé de six standards et de deux compositions originales, "And She Remembers Me" et "Tal's Blues", est une leçon de bebop. Merveilleusement entouré (Gerry Wiggins au piano, dont le rôle, si'lon excepte un très beau chorus sur Tal's Blues, se réduit à celui d'accompagnateur, Ray Brown et Chico Hamilton, l'Empereur des balais), Tal alterne les tempos lents ("Autumn in New York", merveilleuse introduction par le guitariste, "Little Girl Blue"), rapides et... très très rapides ("Cherokee"), dont on sait qu'il doit se jouer le plus vite possible. Le phrasé est celui d'un grand maître. Les idées semblent jaillir naturellement sans jamais se répéter. L'articulation sans failles, le son de cette Gibson, immédiatement reconnaissable, mémorable, tout cela confère à l'ensemble de cette session un goût d'éternité.  

17 comments:

velobrewer said...

Tal Farlow & Chico Hamilton...looks great. I'm kinda in a Chico phase right now so this really hits home. Thanks for your efforts!

neil said...

Thanks for the opportunity to upgrade my mp3...

Telecaster Road said...

Thank you!

ZM-JazzRock said...

Wooow,
Nice album!
Autumn in NY by Farlow, Brown and Chico? This is a dream!
Merci!
--zm

moha said...

Thank You Mel!

Orbyt said...

Highly recommended! Great post Mel.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel looking forward to hearing this

neil said...

Could have sworn I had this, mel, but can't find it; many thanks for filling the gap..

deGallo said...

Extraordinary! Thank you.

th6640c said...

Thanks so much for this and all your kind generosity, Mel. I appreciate it so much.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks again Mel.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

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Jazz Padd said...

Thanks!

Blue Eyes said...

Thank you very much Mel for the re-up with this Japanese release!

Kovina Kris said...

I've got this one (from you I'm pretty sure) but perhaps I failed to comment, so let me say I love this album and thank you!