Sunday, June 2, 2013

Red Garland Alone

Red Garland recorded 16 ballads during this single 1960 session for Prestige's Moodsville subsidiary label, half of which appear on this CD reissue, with the remainder being heard on Alone With the Blues. Although these selections were intended as mood music for lovers, Garland's imaginative arrangements keep things interesting. The pianist's strolling tempo of "When Your Lover Has Gone" suggests nostalgic reflection rather than melancholy from the typically slow performances by singers. His playful side comes out in "These Foolish Things," while the graceful runs in the upper keyboard are complemented by his rich block chords in "My Last Affair." The subtlety of his interpretation of "You Are Too Beautiful" and the delicate rendition of "The Nearness of You" are also memorable. But the obvious high point of this release is his stunning exploration of Duke Ellington's "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)," which succeeds in conveying the powerful emotions of this ballad without a singer. This remarkable collection of standards should appeal to any fan of jazz piano.
Ken Dryden 

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Red Garland
Red Alone


1 When Your Lover Has Gone (Swan) 6:45
2 These Foolish Things (Link, Marvell, Strachey) 5:08
3 My Last Affair (Johnson) 3:39
4 You Are Too Beautiful (Hart, Rodgers) 4:45
5 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (Ellington, Webster) 7:09
6 The Nearness of You (Carmichael, Washington) 5:04
7 Nancy (With the Laughing Face) (Silvers, VanHeusen) 5:25
8 When I Fall in Love (Heyman, Young) 5:06

Red Garland - p
Recorded in New York City ; April 2, 1960


Melanchthon said...

neil said...

Got this, mel, and can well recommend it.
Don't suppose you've got the rest of the session 'Alone With the Blues'?

fcapeau said...

Many thanks, Mel, for these amazing solos !!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you for the great Red Garland music, Mel.