Red Garland: Red Alone (1960)
aka: Red Alone [Prestige: Moodsville series – volume 3]
A1 01. When Your Lover Has Gone
A2 02. These Foolish Things (remind me of you)
A3 03. My Last Affair
A4 04. You Are Too Beautiful
B1 05. I Got It Bad (and that ain’t good)
B2 06. The Nearness of You
B3 07. Nancy (with the laughing face)
B4 08. When I Fall In Love
Red Garland – piano
Label: Prestige Moodsville – MVLP-3
Original Jazz Classics
OJCCD 1102-2 [CD]
Recorded Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey; April 2, 1960
Engineer: Rudy van Gelder
Producer: Esmond Edwards
Liner Notes: Ron Eyre
Red Garland recorded 16 ballads during this single 1960 session for Prestige’s Moodsville subsidiary label, half of which appear on this CD re-issue, with the remainder being heard on Alone With the Blues.
Although these selections were intended as mood music for lovers, Garland’s imaginative arrangements keep things interesting.
The pianist’s strolling tempo of “When Your Lover Has Gone” suggests nostalgic reflection rather than melancholy from the typically slow performances by singers.
His playful side comes out in “These Foolish Things,” while the graceful runs in the upper keyboard are complemented by his rich block chords in “My Last Affair.”
The subtlety of his interpretation of “You Are Too Beautiful” and the delicate rendition of “The Nearness of You” are also memorable.
But the obvious high point of this release is his stunning exploration of Duke Ellington’s “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good),” which succeeds in conveying the powerful emotions of this ballad without a singer.
This remarkable collection of standards should appeal to any fan of jazz piano.
Red Garland – Alone With The Blues (Moodsville MVLP 10)
2108 In The Evening
2110 Chains Of Love
2112 Wee Baby Blues
2114 Blues In The Closet
2116 Trane’s Blues (Vierd Blues)
2122 Sent For You Yesterday