Tal Farlow – Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow {Verve} “By Request”_mono

Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

In the mid-’50s, guitarist Tal Farlow led one of his finest groups, a drumless trio with pianist Eddie Costa and bassist Vinnie Burke. The same band would record the album Tal a week or two later. With Burke contributing a constant walking bass, the interplay between Farlow and Costa is always exciting, whether they are playing unisons or trading off. This 1999 CD reissue not only has the original seven selections but “Gone With the Wind” (which was left off of the original LP due to lack of space) plus three full-length alternate takes that are basically on the same level as the masters. Among the highpoints are “Taking a Chance on Love,” “Yardbird Suite,” “Like Someone in Love,” and Farlow’s lone original, “Meteor,” which utilizes the chord changes of “Confirmation.” Hot bebop that is easily recommended.

01 – Taking a Chance on Love
02 – Yardbird Suite
03 – You Stepped Out of a Dream
04 – The Can’t Take that Away from Me
05 – Like Someone in Love
06 – Meteor
07 – I Love You
08 – Gone With the Wind
09 – Taking a Chance on Love (alternative take)
10 – Yardbird Suite (alternative take)
11 – Gone With the Wind (alternate)

Tal Farlow – guitar
Eddie Costa – piano
Vinnie Burke – bass

Recorded May 1956.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork