Dallas-born Red Garland came to the attention of the wider Jazz audience as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet, quite possibly the most influential small Jazz band of the post war era. Garland had a romantic sound with a swinging bluesy feeling and used a block chord style, which involves voicing chords for each melody note, book-ended by octaves. Before joining up with Davis he had worked both in NY and Philadelphia with the likes of Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Billy Eckstine, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Fats Navarro and Roy Eldridge. The rhythm section of the Miles Davis Quintet was much in demand with other leaders such as Art Pepper who invited Garland and his colleagues Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones over to the West Coast to record the seminal Art Pepper "Meets the Rhythm Section". His growing reputation through the success of the Miles Davis Quintet led to a recording contract under his own name for Prestige. It marked the beginning of an impressive sequence of high quality recordings in a trio format with Paul Chambers on bass and Arthur Taylor on drums. By the end of  1957 Garland and his trio embarked on a fruitfull  recording relationship with his ex Miles Davis Quintet colleague John Coltrane. Garland moved back to Texas in 1968 and retired almost completely from playing. He died aged 59 in 1984.  
Go to Red Garland's page at emusic for free MP3 downloads
   
Reccommended recordings:
 
Groovy OJC 061-2 - Prestige 7113
Red Garland's Piano OJC 073-2- Prestige 7086
A Garland of Red OJC 126-2 - Prestige 7064
All mornin' long OJC 293-2 - Prestige 7130
High Pressure OJC 349-2 - Prestige 7209
Red Garland Trio plus Eddy Lockjaw Davis OJC 360-2 - Moodsville 1
The Nearness of you OJC 1003-2 - Jazzland 
Soul Junction - Red Garland Quartet OJC 481-2 - Prestige 7181
When there are grey Skies OJC
 
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