Red Garland: He's a Real Gone Guy


He's a Real Gone Guy


Red Garland (piano)


Red in Bluesville (Prestige OJCCD-295-2)

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Red Garland (piano), Sam Jones (bass), Art Taylor (drums).

Composed by Nellie Lutcher


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

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  • 1 Michael Wheeler // Feb 08, 2008 at 09:51 PM
    I am looking for Red Garland's album "Soul Junction". I have been looking for it for years. Can you assist me in obtaining it. Thanks
  • 2 Steve Hermesch // Dec 28, 2008 at 04:22 PM
    A great swinging session. Red, Sam and Art are right there together. For anyone interested in blues piano Red Garland is a real gone guy! Five stars.
  • 3 Rich // Feb 08, 2009 at 05:09 AM
    Red Garland,I simply love his playing..