Tal Farlow

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Talmage Holt Farlow (June 7, 1921 – July 25, 1998) was an American jazz guitarist. Nicknamed the "Octopus", for his extremely large hands spread over the fretboard as if they were tentacles, he is considered one of the all-time great jazz guitarists. Where other similar players of his day 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.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1954 Tal Farlow Quartet Tal Farlow 1
1955 Autumn in New York Tal Farlow 1
1955 Swing Guitars Oscar Moore, Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow 1
1960 The Guitar Artistry of Tal Farlow Tal Farlow 1
1968 Plays the Music of Harold Arlen Tal Farlow 1
1981 Chromatic Palette Tal Farlow 1
1999 The Return of Tal Farlow/1969 Tal Farlow 2
1999 The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow Tal Farlow 1
A Sign of the Times Tal Farlow 1
Chance Meeting Tal Farlow & Lenny Breau 1
Cookin' on All Burners Tal Farlow 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 Verve Jazz Masters 41 Compilation Tal Farlow 1
2004 The Complete Verve Tal Farlow Sessions Compilation Tal Farlow 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1999 On Stage Live Tal Farlow, Hank Jones, Red Norvo & Ray Brown & Jake Hanna 1
All Strings Attached Live Tal Farlow, John Abercrombie, Larry Carlton, Larry Coryell & John Scofield 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Tal Tal Farlow 1

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