Q (Magazine) (p.133) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The spotlight moment belongs to Garland's long, luxurious solo on the 16-minute title track."
Red Garland Quintet: Red Garland (piano); John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); George Joyner (bass); Art Taylor (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on November 15, 1957. Originally released on Prestige (7181). Includes liner notes by Nat Hentoff.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1990, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Red Garland Quintet: John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Red Garland (piano); George Joyner (bass guitar); Art Taylor (drum).
While the late Red Garland is best-known and fondly remembered as the pianist for the Miles Davis Quintet in the mid-1950s, he also had a career of his own. Garland's style was a gregarious balance of the sophistication of bebop and the earthiness of the blues. SOUL JUNCTION, recorded in 1950, is Garland leading a group featuring Davis bandmate John Coltrane and soon-to-be-rising-trumpet-star (in the late '50s/early '60s) Donald Byrd. It's a thoroughly enjoyable hard bop jaunt through a Garland original and four familiar standards, with Coltrane laying down his near-torrential "sheets of sound" and Byrd playing Mr. Cool to 'Trane's soul and fire. Art Taylor keeps things swinging crisply and Garland, as usual, is masterful (but never in a show-off manner).
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