Red Garland: He's a Real Gone Guy
He's a Real Gone Guy
Red Garland (piano)
Red in Bluesville (Prestige OJCCD-295-2)
Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, April 17, 1959
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
"He's a Real Gone Guy" was a jumpin' 1947 R&B hit by singer-pianist Nellie Lutcher. In those days, "gone" meant superlative. Twelve years later, jive talk was archaic, but Red Garland's lively cover shows why he was one of the 1950s' classiest keyboardists—a worthy successor to his role model Nat King Cole. With single-note lines bubbling like champagne and block chords as tasty as caviar, Red was the Fred Astaire of jazz piano. He never missed a step. If you're after adventurous, go elsewhere. But if you savor warmth, wit, swing and soulfulness, go Garland. A real gone guy, indeed.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz