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
|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|
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.
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