Red's Blues

Red's Blues

by Red Garland
     
 
With sights set firmly set upon the blues, this is bedrock Red Garland, aimed squarely down the middle of his most fertile period. Not everything here is a blues, but they might as well be, given the sameness of mood and approach in this selection of small-group blowing sessions. Wherever you go on Red's Blues, you can't miss

Overview

With sights set firmly set upon the blues, this is bedrock Red Garland, aimed squarely down the middle of his most fertile period. Not everything here is a blues, but they might as well be, given the sameness of mood and approach in this selection of small-group blowing sessions. Wherever you go on Red's Blues, you can't miss Garland's distinctive block chords and light-handed right-handed bop patterns recorded in the soft-focused Van Gelder studio manner, all of which jazz fans would hear constantly down the road in the '60s. And not only that, almost all of the tunes are in the keys of B flat or C, which could make this disc useful for background if not extended listening. Nevertheless, the personnel is often stellar; John Coltrane and Donald Byrd turn up on "Birks' Works," and Arnett Cobb saunters through "Black Velvet" (better known as "Don'Cha Go Way Mad"), Coleman Hawkins is in fine funky form on "Red Beans," and Ray Barretto's congas light up one of the few jazz compositions ever named after a critic ("Ralph J. Gleason Blues"). The 75-minute disc, all of whose contents have been issued on CD before, opens with a long, majestic Garland meditation on "See See Rider" -- and that pretty much sets the tone. ~ Richard S. Ginell`"°

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1998
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0025218311724
catalogNumber:
11017
Rank:
6523

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Performance Credits

Red Garland   Primary Artist,Piano
Ray Barretto   Conga
Arnett Cobb   Tenor Saxophone
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Sam Jones   Bass
Oliver Nelson   Tenor Saxophone
Art Taylor   Drums
Doug Watkins   Bass
George Tucker   Bass
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Donald Byrd   Trumpet
Paul Chambers   Bass
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
J.C. Heard   Drums
George Joyner   Drums
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Peck Morrison   Bass
Charlie Persip   Drums
Jimmy Rowser   Bass
Charles "Specs" Wright   Drums
Richard Gene Williams   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Red Garland   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
James Isaacs   Liner Notes
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Richard Gene Williams   Contributor
Traditional   Composer
Joe Primrose   Composer

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