Red Alone (Remastered)
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||When Your Lover Has Gone||Red Garland||6:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||These Foolish Things||Red Garland||5:05||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||My Last Affair||Red Garland||3:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||You Are Too Beautiful||Red Garland||4:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)||Red Garland||7:07||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||The Nearness of You||Red Garland||5:02||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Nancy (With the Laughing Face)||Red Garland||5:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||When I Fall In Love||Red Garland||5:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Red Garland recorded 16 ballads during this single 1960 session for Prestige's Moodsville subsidiary label, half of which appear on this CD reissue, 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.
To me, this is one of the most underrated albums of all time. From start to finish it is absolutely gorgeous. There's something achingly beautiful about the piano when played alone, and Garland captures it perfectly. Buy this album, turn off your phone, and just sit and experience Red.
Born: May 13, 1923 in Dallas, TX
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s