Saturday, June 23, 2012
Red Garland & Paul Chambers
Pianist Red Garland shares at least one honor with John Coltrane, besides often playing behind Trane. Both were fired by Miles Davis. I finally got around to adding Red Garland Revisited to my collection. The cause in both cases was heroin.
Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones were often referred to simply as the rhythm section. That is mostly due to their work as the platform for Davis and Trane in Miles' first great quintet. You can find Garland and Chambers on a lot of seminal albums in the late fifties.
I finally got around to adding Red Garland Revisited to my collection. It is a superb showcase for Garland's talent and also features some fine work by guitarist Kenny Burrell. I am playing the two cuts with Burrell on them, both Miles Davis standards: 'Walkin' and 'Four'. Chambers plays bass and Art Taylor is on drums.
I bought the album on the recommendation of the Penguin Jazz Guide 1001. Shortly after the entry on the above disc, I read one on Paul Chambers Bass On Top. Had to have it. Burrell shows up again, as does Art Taylor. Hank Jones plays piano. This is a great one for bass fans, especially if you like jazz bass played with a bow. I am playing another piece from the Davis playlist: 'The Theme'.