Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Garland of Red - Trio 1956

This European compilation, drawn from recordings originally released in the U.S. by Prestige Records, is in essence the Red Garland album A Garland of Red with bonus tracks. After the nine tracks making up that LP, most of them show music and Tin Pan Alley covers recorded in August 1956, the compilers add four tracks by the same performers, Garland and his rhythm section of Paul Chambers (bass) and Art Taylor (drums), from a December 1956 session, two of which originally appeared on the LP Groovy and two on Red Garland's Piano. The CD concludes with "Ahmad's Blues," actually recorded under the rubric of the Miles Davis Quintet for that group's album Workin' in May 1956, even though only Garland, Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones are present on the track. The pianist is assured throughout, and Chambers gets generous space, notably playing some extended arco solos, making this an outstanding collection of 1950s piano trio jazz.
William Ruhlmann

Source :

Red Garland
The 1956


1 A Foggy Day (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:48
2 My Romance (Rodgers, Hart)  6:50
3 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  4:50
4 Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson, Kahn)  4:12
5 September in the Rain (Dubbin, Warren)  4:46
6 Little Girl Blue (Rodgers, Hart)  5:04
7 Blue Red (Garland)  7:40
8 Constellation (Parker)  3:30
9 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell)  9:34
10 If I Were a Bell (Loesser)   6:39
11 I Know Why (Gordon, Warren)  4:48
12 What Can I Say ? (Donaldson, Lyman)  7:13
13 Ahmad's Blues (Jamal)  7:29


[# 1-8]
Red Garland - p
Paul Chambers - b
Art Taylor - dr
Recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; August 17, 1956
[# 9-12]
Same personnel as above
Recorded same place as above ; December 14, 1956
[# 13]

Same personnel as above, except
Philly Joe Jones - dr, replaces Taylor
Recorded same place as above ; May 11, 1956


laconico said...

Nice post, Red is always welcome.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, very much appreciated. Cooljazz

BigD said...

Thanks for the post. Red Garland is ever so cool and one of my favorites, but what is the deal with this CD? It looks like A Garland of Red plus some extra tracks from Groovy and PC Blues. Is this a compilation or was it a real release from back in the day?

Melanchthon said...

It's a compilation : reunities all the trio studio rec. made by Garland in 1956, feat. P. Chambers & A. Taylor. It comprises the complete "A Garland of Red" LP, plus the integral December 14 session (originally divided in two different albums, "Groovy" & "Red Garland's piano", plus a single trio tune [#13].

neil said...

Completist as I am, you've got me wondering just where and when that track thirteen was recorded. Many thanks...

Melanchthon said...

ProfessorCalculus said...

Great posts all the way. I shall enjoy every bit of this great music for years to come. Thank you very much indeed.

deGallo said...

Thank you. Very nice indeed!

lucky5 said...

Great music, Mel!

Otis Foster said...

Nice to have the bonus tracks - thnx Melanchthon

Luis said...

Yes, it is nice to have the added 4 tracks of this excellent trio. Obrigado

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you