The Red Garland Quintet
With a veritable All-Star lineup in tow, pianist Red Garland turns in a relaxed session that highlights his deft, tasteful touch. Recorded on November 15, 1957 at the legendary Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ, Soul Junction features tenor saxophonist John Coltrane in fine form joined by trumpeter Donald Byrd, bassist George Joyner and drummer Art Taylor. Highlights include Garland's 15-minute blues workout on the title cut and Coltrane's masterful "sheets of sound" solo… MORE
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The quintet represented on this album is widely regarded as being one of the most exciting and effective of the Fifties, even though the majority… More
Soul Junction and its companion, All Mornin' Long (OJCCD-293-2), found Garland and John Coltrane attuned to one another and in superb form as a… More
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Some groups have existed only in the recording studio but have produced music of lasting value. This quintet, under Red Garland's leadership… More
The relaxed, one-time-only attitude of this blowing session should in no way obscure the notable results. Five jazz giants heard at the peaks of… More
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ABOUT THE RED GARLAND QUINTET
Some groups have existed only in the recording studio but have produced music of lasting value. This quintet, under Red Garland's leadership, actually did play some gigs around New York in the fall of 1957, but even if it hadn't, the rapport in the studio would still have been powerful.
Beginning with the association of Garland and John Coltrane in the Miles Davis Quintet and continuing with Arthur Taylor's trio connection with Garland, and Donald Byrd's having worked with all of them in one form or another, there was enough of a common spirit in the musical attitudes of all the participants. With familiar jazz and pop standards and open-ended blues for material, the band celebrated the glories of strong swing and bottomless imagination as Byrd, Coltrane, and the ever-effervescent leader demonstrated the state of the improviser's art, with a perpetual groove and occasional solo assistance from Taylor and George Joyner (now known as Jamil Nasser).