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.
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.