Saturday, August 31, 2013

Red Garland at the Prelude

Finally. Red Garland at the Prelude appears as it was recorded in 1959 at a bar in Harlem. Originally, the three sets of material from this date -- the very first live club date Prestige ever issued -- were released on four different LPs: Red Garland at the Prelude, Lil' Darlin', Live!, and Satin Doll. There was a CD issue of volume one which included At the Prelude and Live! on one disc, but outside of Japan, the sets had never been assembled together for release on CD. So for American fans unwilling to shell out the big dollars for Japanese imports, this is an historic occasion. In his liner notes, Joe Goldberg makes a case for how misunderstood and under-appreciated Garland was by jazz critics and fans in general. One need only to look at the record to find out what his label, Prestige, thought of him and the many musicians he worked with: Red Garland recorded 19 dates for them. The band here -- with bassist Jimmy Rowser and drummer Charles "Specs" Wright -- was not a working trio and was assembled for the purpose of this recording. As such, Garland kept his program close to the standards and hothouse, barroom jams of the era. And there are some real doozies here, such as Count Basie's "M-Squad Theme" that opens the first set on disc one -- as well as a number of other Basie tunes, including "One O'Clock Jump" and "Let Me See." There is also a lovely reading of "Bye Bye Blackbird" that resembles closely the Miles Davis Quintet version -- of which Garland was a part. There's a great version of "Satin Doll" that has been previously unissued until now, as well as a false start on "Lil' Darlin." "Perdido" kicks off the second set, and the first disc ends at the halfway point of the second set with "Like Someone in Love." The trio clicked from the start here. The tunes were familiar enough to anybody playing in New York at the time that finding a groove was easy, and Garland's wondrously idiosyncratic right-hand moves put an individual spin on them. The second disc offers a gorgeous reading of Irving Berlin's "Marie," and Garland's own smoking "Bohemian Blues." Set three gives us Gershwin's "It's a Foggy Day," another read of "Satin Doll," (the officially issued one), the Ellington nugget "Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)," and a Garland improv called "Prelude Blues." The program ends with two more unissued tunes, a stomping "Cherokee" and another "One O'Clock Jump," making three in total for the night. This is a must for mainstream jazz fans interested in the piano room music of New York at the end of the 1950s, and swinging hard bop in general. For Garland fans it's a treasure trove.
Thom Jurek

Source :

Red Garland
Red Garland at the Prelude


Cd. 1

Set 1
1 M-Squad (Theme) (Basie) 6:30
2 There Will Never Be Another You (Warren, Gordon) 6:41
3 Let Me See (Basie, Edison) 5:54
4 We Kiss in a Shadow (Rodgers, Hammerstein) 5:40
5 Blues in the Closet (Pettiford) 4:29
6 Satin Doll (Ellington) 9:24
7 Lil' Darlin' [false Start] (Hefti) 0:31
8 Lil' Darlin' (Hefti) 9:31
9 One O'Clock Jump (Basie) 3:25

Set 2
10 Perdido (Tizol) 4:38
11 Bye Bye Blackbird (Henderson, Dixon) 5:04
12 Like Someone in Love (VanHeusen, Burke) 10:13


Cd. 2

Set 2 [continued]
1 It's a Blue World (Wright, Forrest) 7:13
2 Marie (Berlin) 6:17
3 Bohemian Blues (Garland) 9:58
4 One O'Clock Jump (Basie) 2:42

Set 3
5 A Foggy Day (Gershwin, Gershwin) 5:36
6 Satin Doll (Ellington) 6:16
7 Mr. Wonderful (Weiss, Bock, Holofcener) (Ellington, Gaines) 9:06
8 Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) 5:42
9 Prelude Blues (Garland) 5:41
10 Cherokee (Noble) 5:22
11 One O'Clock Jump (Basie) 2:03


Red Garland - p
Jimmy Rowser - b
Charles "Specs" Wright - dr

Recorded in performance at the Prelude, New York City ; October 2, 1959


Otis Foster said...

This fills a gap in what I had. Garland was much recorded but generally underappreciated as a leader- thanks Mel.

Kneigh said...

WOW!! What a great treat for us Red Garland fans, Melanchthon!! As always, many thanx, sir!!


blbs said...

It's like a dream... a very nice dream... Thank you Mel!

Javier said...

What's the password, please?

the doc said...

great share...thanks very much!

Orbyt said...

Incredible! Thank you very much Mel.

PlantDoctor53 said...

Hi Mel - thanks very much for this nice Red Garland post.

Nicolinoloche said...

thanks for the music!, please send me the password, all the best!

stringbender said...

Thanks so much for posting this way swinging Red Garland side!

johnp said...

Great!Many thanks!

marcusr said...

Merci beacoup! C'est une brilliant record.

cooljazz said...

Merci bien, Red Garland est l'un de mes pianistes favoris alors cet album est plus que bienvenu.

Anonymous said...

Had nothing of the Garland trio live recorded -remote is what Jamal called them. Many thanks, Mel.

Alberto Cos

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you...

Don't know where else to ask for this but these posts never had links. Can you post the links?

Jonah Jones - Swingin' 'Round The World

Hank Garland - Subtle Swing

Zoot Sims - Choice

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for this mighty upgrade

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

fcapeau said...

At last, The complete three sets of this date ! Amazing evening ... Many thanks, Mel.

fer said...

Hi. Any option for a new link for the second part? (part one still alive).
Thanks a lot.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!