Down Beat - 9/00, p.684.5 stars out of 5
- "...Superb....The pianist feels the flow, while bassist Paul Chambers plays unbelievably....staying primarily at the slow-groove to medium-swing zone..."
Red Garland Trio: Red Garland (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Art Taylor (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on February 7, 1958. Includes liner notes by Harry Abraham.
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1999, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Red Garland (piano); Art Taylor (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Recording information: Hackensack, NJ (02/07/1958).
Photographer: Don Schlitten.
Of the miles of Red Garland sessions recorded in the late '50s, some of the tapes didn't see the light of day until many years later. This session, except for "Crazy Rhythm," first appeared in the early '70s, and is typical of Garland's trio work of the '50s, evoking a mid-century nightclub atmosphere from Rudy Van Gelder's studio with the perfectly gauged help of bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor. "Since I Fell for You" and "Teach Me Tonight" are taken at relaxed tempos, and after Garland's trademark block chords in the left hand and octaves in the right hand take care of the themes, they ride easily and winningly. "Crazy Rhythm" zips along at the usual steeplechase pace, with a fluid bebop solo from Garland and some agile bowing from Chambers (Chambers also gets an unusually lengthy bowed solo on "This Can't Be Love"), and the title track closes the CD reissue on a jaunty note. Garland fans -- and for that matter, fans of Vince Guaraldi, whose chord voicings very much resemble those of Garland -- need not hesitate. ~ Richard S. Ginell