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8/20/76, Concord Pavillion, Concord, CA.23-17-3. Nearly as famous for his reluctance to play as for his outstanding abilities, guitarist Tal Farlow did not take up the instrument until he was already 21, but within a year was playing professionally. While with the Red Norvo Trio (which originally included Charles Mingus) from 1949-1953, Farlow became famous in the jazz world. His huge hands and ability to play rapid yet light lines made him one of the top guitarists of the era.<br />
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After six months with Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five in 1953, Farlow put together his own group. Late in 1958, Farlow settled on the East Coast, became a sign painter, and just played locally. He made one record as a leader during 1960-1975, but emerged a bit more often during 1976-1984, recording for Concord fairly regularly before largely disappearing again.
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