This CD presents two 1961 LPs by the Red Garland Trio: "Bright and Breezy", featuring Sam Jones on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums, and the ballad album "The Nearness of You", with Larry Ridley on bass, and Frank Gant on drums. Garland would never record again with either of these two formations of his trio.
01. On Green Dolphin Street 5:09
02. I Aint Got Nobody 5:07
03. Youll Never Know 5:27
04. Blues In The Closet 4:23
05. Whats New? 4:17
06. Lil Darlin 7:21
07. Whats There To Say? 5:11
08. So Sorry Please 4:06
09. Why Was I Born? 4:57
10. The Nearness Of You 5:42
11. Where Or When 6:14
12. Long Ago And Far Away 3:55
13. I Got It Bad (And That Aint Good) 5:24
14. Dont Worry About Me 4:43
15. All Alone 5:03
Total time: 77:05 min.
Tracks #1-8, from the Jazzland album
"Bright and Breezy" (JLP48)
Tracks #9-15, from the Jazzland album
"The Nearness of You" (JLP62)
Personnel in "Bright and Breezy":
Red Garland (piano), Sam Jones (bass), and Charlie Persip (drums).
Recorded in New York, on July 19, 1961
Personnel in "The Nearness of You":
Red Garland (piano), Larry Ridley (bass), and Frank Gant (drums).
Recorded in New York, on November 30, 1961
Sessions produced by Orrin Keepnews
Note: Given that the combined duration of the two albums exceeds that of a single CD, it was decided to exclude Lush Life from the second LP, as it was an unaccompained piano piece and not a trio performance.
-Bright and Breezy
"During 1961-1962, following a long series of recordings for Prestige, pianist Red Garland recorded four LPs for the Jazzland label. His style was unchanged from a few years earlier, and this trio set with bassist Sam Jones and drummer Charlie Persip (reissued on CD on the Original Jazz Classics label) is very much up to par. Highlights include Garland's interpretations of "I Ain't Got Nobody," "Blues in the Closet," and "Lil' Darlin'." An enjoyable straight-ahead session."
-The Nearness of You
"Unlike his slightly earlier recordings for Moodsville (which feature Red Garland on unaccompanied piano solos), this strictly ballad date has Garland joined (on all but the solo "Lush Life") by bassist Larry Ridley and drummer Frank Gant. Since all eight of the standards are taken at the same medium/slow tempo, there is not much variety here, keeping the CD from being essential. But Garland's attractive and distinctive chord voicings, plus his ability to uplift melodies while swinging at a slow speed, make this project a success. Highlights include "The Nearness of You," "Where or When," and Irving Berlin's "All Alone." Particularly effective when used as background music."
Both by Scott Yanow -All Music Guide