Down Beat (p.77) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Garland] plays the head at the top, does it again at the end and then wraps up the faster tunes with rumbling tremolos....AT THE PRELUDE is a monument to Garland's consistency."
Personnel: Red Garland (piano); Jimmy Rowser (bass); Charles "Specs" Wright (drums).
Recorded live at the Prelude Club, New York, New York on October 2, 1959. Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler and Michael Gold.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1993, Fantasy Studios, Berkely, California).
Pianist Red Garland is best known for his work with Miles Davis's groundbreaking quintet (where he played alongside John Coltrane and Philly Joe Jones), but he turned in some excellent albums as a leader as well. The two-disc set AT THE PRELUDE, a live date recorded in 1959, is one of them.
Bassist Jimmy Rowser and drummer Charles Wright lend light, propulsive support to Garland's keyboard work, which is highlighted by deft, melodic solos and his famed block chords. The repertoire includes standards ("A Foggy Day"), jazz favorites ("Cherokee"), and a host of swinging, bop-inflected blues. This package comes highly recommended to Garland enthusiasts, and should please fans of classic '50s and '60s jazz.