Before he became the reclusive sign painter of Sea Bright, NJ, and before his comebacks in the late 1960s and mid-'70s, Farlow was the "monster" guitarist of the 1950s, his huge hands and unsurpassed technique and imagination amazing all those who heard him. Outside of his association with Red Norvo, Tal's rapport with pianist Eddie Costa and bassist Vinnie Burke was probably the most rewarding. Costa played like a rumbling freight train, very percussively and rarely in the upper register, sometimes locking hands in unison. On the boppish "Meteor," drummerless as was their wont – although Farlow inventively tapped time unamplified – the trio's spellbinding interplay is fully spotlighted.
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