Tal Farlow: Taking a Chance on Love


Taking a Chance on Love


Tal Farlow (guitar)


The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow (Verve 559 515-2)

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Tal Farlow (guitar), Eddie Costa (piano),

Vinnie Burke (bass)


Composed by Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter & John Latouche


Recorded: New York, May 31, 1956


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

This strange drum-less trio produces some of the most bouncing and joyous music of the 1950s. It's no wonder that Farlow formed such a group, having just left vibist Red Norvo's similarly drum-less trio. The guitarist delivers his clear, inventive, melodic lines with a drive and aplomb that would make them swing even without accompaniment. Costa's percussive approach and sense of contrast are a wonder, and Burke's bass is both strong and lighthearted. These three tackle this nice melody in a way that makes you miss the good old days. Indeed, who does play like this today?

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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