The Bebop Shop : Now's The Time: Bud, Bird & Bebop : Tal Farlow
Tal Farlow was really hitting his stride in 1956 : he was named the best jazz guitarist in the world, by Down Beat magazine critics. Where other guitarists of his day mostly combined rhythmic chords with linear melodies, Farlow preferred placing single notes together in clusters, varying between harmonically enriched tones based on a startling new technique. His spider-like fingers handled the guitar in a way no other player could match, and set him apart.
Personnel : Tal Farlow, guitar, on all tracks; Eddie Costa, piano; Vinnie Burke bass - New York, June 5, 1956. Bonus tracks: with Eddie Costa (p), Bill Takas or Nabil Knobby Totah (b), Jimmy Campbell (d). (Discovery Records) Price: £11.99