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Released: November 5, 1996
Originally Released: 1996
1.I Can't See For Lookin'
Personnel: Red Garland (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Arthur Taylor (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey in June 1958. Includes liner notes by David A. Himmelstein.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarrantino (1996, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Pianist Red Garland recorded many sets in the late 1950s and early '60s, often (as in this case) with bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor. Despite the LP length of this CD reissue (under 35 minutes), this is a particularly strong example of Garland's talents. His block chords are distinctive, as is his use of space, and the music always swings. The trio sounds in top form on "I Can't See For Looking," George Gershwin's "Soon," "Blackout" and a driving version of the classic blues "Castle Rock." Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow