Jazz: Reluctant Return

Where does a jazz guitarist go after he forms his own trio, makes records, plays top clubs, and wins the title of best guitarist in Down Beat magazine's international critics' poll for two years running? If he is Tal Farlow, he goes off to live in tiny (pop. 1,200) Sea Bright, N.J., where he reads, putters, takes up his old trade of sign painting, and disappears from the jazz scene for a decade. Why? Economics offers one explanation: many of the intimate, congenial rooms where Farlow liked to play had folded by 1957,...

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