|Tal Farlow with Vinnie Burke (bass) and Eddie Costa (piano).|
Earlier in 1956, Costa and Burke had joined Tal Farlow, forming a resident trio to play at the Composer, a club on West 58th Street in New York.. The trio stayed together, recording several albums under Farlow's name, until, in 1958, the Composer closed.
Listening to these recordings, there is little doubt that, at the time, Tal was the Charlie Parker of the guitar and Eddie's hard swinging, driving style on the piano was a perfect match. Chamber bop at its best!
|Tal on his ES 350|
The first album with this trio I would like to mention is the album "Tal." What a guitar sound! Listen to "How About You." For details on this album check out the link in blue.
And then there is that great, great album "The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow." It was recorded in 1956 too but released a year later. Probably Tal's most classic album and .... my favorite TF Album of all time. Here's Tal original off that album called "Meteor", a tune based on the changes of "Confirmation." "The Swinging Guitar" is a must have classic 50s guitar bop album.
The first one
The last 1956 album I would like to mention is "The Complete Private Recordings", a lofi mono session recorded at the NY appartment of a jazz fan called Ed Fuerst. Though the sound quality is so so, the interplay is superb. If they had recorded it at a studio, it might have been even better than "The Swinging Guitar Of Tal Farlow." Here's "All the Things You Are" off that album.