Tal Farlow

Talmage Farlow [Video]

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This 1986 film is delightful. Guitarist Tal Farlow, one of the giants of bop, has long been semi-retired, preferring the easygoing life of a New England sign painter over having to constantly travel for gigs. This video expertly summarizes his career, shows what his day-to-day lifestyle is like, includes an exciting version of "Fascinatin' Rhythm" (featuring Farlow in a trio with pianist Tommy Flanagan and bassist Red Mitchell), and finds him preparing for and playing at a New York engagement. Director Lorenzo de Stefano, who put this labor of love together, certainly did an admirable job.