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Largely self-taught, Red Garland established a reputation as a solid post-bop mainstream player in the 50s, playing with many of the most famous jazz musicians of the time. He achieved international fame in the late 50s as part of the Miles Davis quintet. He went on to lead his own groups, but then retired in 1968, a victim the declining demand for jazz. He reemerged in 1976 and performed regularly until his death in 1984.

Garland was known for his eloquent middle-of-the-road style. A fertile, often moving improvisor, he developed a characteristic block chord sound by combining octaves with a fifth in the middle in the right hand over left-hand comp (accompanying) chords. The style has been much imitated.


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  • OcellatedGod

    Red deserves more appreciation around here. His Prestige records with Paul Chambers and Art Taylor are magical, as is his work with Miles and Coltrane. His style is irresistibly classy and cool.

    23 Sep 8:34pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    This is the kind of cocktail jazz they play in heaven. ♥

    23 Sep 8:33pm Reply
  • StuartHaden1

    Thanks Red

    5 Jun 1:21pm Reply
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    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • idoxcase

    i love him very much

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Domin_vlc

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • sna033

    horribly underrated!

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • HermanHinds

    The CD "Crossings" is absolutely great.

    23 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    Self-taught, and his teacher taught him so very well!

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • F_Hole

    wwwiiilllyyy: yes, I have. Cool, no? All in block chords.

    10 Oct 2009 Reply
  • wwwiiilllyyy

    anybody ever notice that he quotes miles's entire solo from "now's the time" with charlie parker on "straight, no chaser" on milestones?

    23 Feb 2009 Reply
  • periodica9

    Swingin' at the Savoy is perhaps the most interesting song to me. I like his swing style, and he's got some hip piano solos in this piece. Great song.

    23 Oct 2008 Reply
  • SirAlecHendrix

    Red Garland—now connected to the brandnew group ➤ Round Midnight

    25 Sep 2008 Reply
  • BebopGrandpop

    On what songs does anyone consider Red Garland at his absolute best?

    25 Apr 2008 Reply
  • BebopGrandpop

    Which are the best three Red Garland CDs? Either CDs under his name, or stellar performances under someone else's name?

    25 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Chinua

    I'll check out Red in Bluesville - that will hopefully carry me out of the slump.

    21 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Chinua

    I have a love/bored relationship with Red. Moodsville vol.6 is undeniably fantastic. A lot of his stuff strikes me as mediocre though. I don't want to feel this way, but I can't help it :(

    21 Apr 2008 Reply
  • F_Hole

    After digesting Bud Powell's recordings, where should I go next? To Red in Blues-ville, man! I got to see him in the '80's @ a little place called Salt Peanuts in what was soon to be Tribeca in NY. Just a few of us sitting around watching Red do his thing; awesome!!!

    7 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Similans

    Thank you man, for putting some pics up for vote. He's really a great artist.

    8 Jun 2007 Reply
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