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 RatingReleases
1954 Tal Farlow Quartet Tal Farlow 1
1954 The Tal Farlow Album Tal Farlow 2
1955 Autumn in New York Tal Farlow 1
1955 Swing Guitars Oscar Moore, Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow 1
1955 The Interpretations of Tal Farlow Tal Farlow 2
1960 The Guitar Artistry of Tal Farlow Tal Farlow 1
1968 Plays the Music of Harold Arlen Tal Farlow 1
1975 Fuerst Set Tal Farlow 1
1978 Tal Farlow '78 Tal Farlow 1
1981 Chromatic Palette Tal Farlow 1
1983 Cookin' on All Burners Tal Farlow 2
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

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Verve Jazz Masters 41 Tal Farlow 1
2003 Autumn Leaves Tal Farlow 1
2004 The Complete Verve Tal Farlow Sessions Tal Farlow 1
2005 The Fastest Guitar Player of His Era Tal Farlow 1
2006 The L.A. Sessions Tal Farlow 1
2007 The Heart & Soul of Tal Farlow Tal Farlow 1
2007 The Ultimate Jazz Archive 31 (3 of 4) Tal Farlow 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Complete 1956 Private Recordings Tal Farlow 1

Album + Live

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

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Tal Tal Farlow 1

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