The Red Garland Trio With Paul Chambers /Art Taylor – A Garland Of Red (CD, Album, RM, RE)
Original Jazz Classics – OJCCD-126-2, Prestige – P-7064
CD, Album, Remastered, Reissue
Simple and soulful elegance from the great Red Garland prime mid-50s material for Prestige, recorded here with incredible backing from Paul Chambers and Art Taylor!
The tightness of the trio is amazing but never so much so that it gets in the way of Red's warmly introspective modes on the keys a sound that's never overindulgent, nor as flowery as some of his mainstream contemporaries and which really paves the way towards a rhythmic sensitivity that influenced generations of later players on the instrument. The tracks are a bit shorter than on some later Garland dates, but that shortness only further illustrates the sublime economy of the group