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Tal Farlow

Talmage Holt Farlow (June 7, 1921 – July 25, 1998) was an American jazz guitarist. He was nicknamed "Octopus" because of how his large, quick hands spread over the fretboard. As Steve Rochinski notes, "Of all the guitarists to emerge in the first generation after Charlie Christian, Tal Farlow, more than any other, has been able to move beyond the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic vocabulary associated with the early electric guitar master. Tal's incredible speed, long, weaving lines, rhythmic excitement, highly developed harmonic sense, and enormous reach (both physical and musical) have enabled him to create a style that clearly stands apart from the rest." Where guitarists of his day combined rhythmic chords with linear melodies, Farlow placed single notes together in clusters, varying between harmonically enriched tones. As music critic Stuart Nicholson put it, "In terms of guitar prowess, it was the equivalent of Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile."

Birth and Death Data: Born June 7th, 1921 (Greensboro), Died July 25th, 1998 (Manhattan)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1951 - 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 82042 12/27/1951 You're the only one I love Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 82043 12/27/1951 Don't be that way Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84352 4/21/1953 The spider's web Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84353 4/21/1953 Lover come back to me Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84354 4/21/1953 Dancing on the ceiling Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84376 4/24/1953 Strike up the band Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84377 4/24/1953 Where or when Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 84378 4/24/1953 Good bait Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 6824 7/1/1952 Tenderly Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 6825 7/1/1952 Aren't you glad you are you Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 6907 10/16/1952 I remember you Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca L 6908 10/16/1952 Skylark Red Norvo Trio instrumentalist, guitar  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Farlow, Tal," accessed September 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/314816.

Farlow, Tal. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/314816.

"Farlow, Tal." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 September 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/314816

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