Archive for the 'Tal Farlow' Category

More YouTube Tal

September 15, 2008

Nicolai Foss

I sometimes feel that this blog is degenerating into a commentary on various YouTube clips; the truth, however, is that YouTube has become such an amazing bonanza of jazz guitar clips. Here and here are clips with Tal, playing with none other than Red Norvo, his employer in the around-1950-trio which also included Charlie Mingus. Steve Novosel is on bass. I guess the clips are from around 1980. Tal sounds remarkably like he did three decades earlier.

The Gibson Tal Farlow

September 14, 2008

Nicolai Foss

“Jazzerman” provides a nice portrait of his favorite archtop, the Gibson Tal Farlow, with Tal boppin’ in the background.

Lorenzo DeStefano’s Tal Farlow

May 30, 2007

Nicolai Foss

During a recent stay in Paris I trawled Gibert & Joseph’s jazz section for jazz guitar recordings. I didn’t find any interesting ones, but in their DVD section, I found Lorenzo DeStefano’s 1981 documentary, Tal Farlow. It sells on American Amazon for around 18 USD. At 20 Euros it is somewhat more expensive in Europe.

There is, of course, plenty of music in the film, including rehearsals with Lenny Breau, Tommy Flanagan and Red Mitchell, and concert footage with the same personnel. There is also extra footage of Tal jamming with Breau. However, the film is as much a story about Farlow’s contemplative approach to life as it is about his music. Farlow is calm, modest, and warm, but also in his own way extremely ambitious. His wife, Tina, recalls how Tal would occassionally become “despondent,” claiming that he hadn’t accomplished anything in life. So, being the World’s perhaps best bebop jazz guitarist isn’t an accomplishment?

Tal and …. Larry Carlton

April 24, 2007

Nicolai Foss

Here is a YouTube clip with Tal Farlow, Larry Carlton, John Patitucci and Billy Hart playing “Misty.” I have little idea when it is from, but probably beginning of the 1990s or even mid-1990s (Tal died in 1997).

Online Tal Farlow Biography

April 23, 2007

Nicolai Foss

My first jazz guitar hero was definitely Tal Farlow. One of my very first jazz records, purchased at the tender age of 16, was Tal’s The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow, which is still 26 years after, one of my absolute favorites.

Here is an excellent online biography of Tal, a master musician and, according to those knew him, a great human being.