Red Garland

Can't See for Lookin'

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Pianist Red Garland recorded many sets in the late 1950s and early '60s, often (as in this case) with bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor. Despite the slight length of this LP (under 35 minutes), this is a particularly strong showcase of Garland's talents. His block chords are distinctive, as is his use of space, and the music always swings. The trio sounds in top form on "I Can't See for Looking," George Gershwin's "Soon," "Blackout," and a driving version of the classic blues "Castle Rock." Recommended.