Album: Jazz Collection 4/12, 2011
Talmage Holt Farlow (June 7, 1921 – July 25, 1998) was an American jazz guitarist. Nicknamed the "Octopus", Farlow's extremely large hands spread over the fretboard as if they were tentacles. He is considered one of the all-time great jazz guitarists. Michael G. Nastos writes, "In 1956 he was named by Down Beat magazine critics as the very best jazz guitarist in the world, and for all the right reasons. Where other similar players of his day combined rhythmic chords with linear melodies, Farlow preferred placing single notes together in clusters, varying between harmonically richened tones based on a startling new technique. His spider-like fingers handled the guitar in a way no other player could match, and this physical approach set Farlow apart from all others." A supreme technician, renowned for his articulation, and smooth relaxed phrasing even at the most daunting tempos. Guitarist Dan Axelrod remarked, "He was without peers. His inventiveness, drive, and technique were so heads and tails above his contemporaries that only comparisons to the likes of Art Tatum and Charlie Parker could do him justice."