Red Garland

Feelin' Red

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Producer/jazz scholar Joel Dorn continues to raid the endlessly fertile Muse Records archives for his 32 Jazz reissue series. Reaching into the well and coming up with Feelin' Red is a victory not just for Dorn, but any piano jazz enthusiast. In his youth, Garland was a professional boxer, and his pugilistic sensibilities are audible in the rough-and-tumble way he approaches the keyboard. That's not to say he lacks delicacy or subtlety -- his touch and tone on "You Better Go Now" are as poignant as all get out. But his relentlessly swinging feel on "It's All Right with Me," and his forceful attack on "Cherokee" make it plain that Garland is incapable of giving less than his all. Captured in flight with his late-'70s working trio of Sam Jones and Al Foster, Garland lays down a bevy of authoritative runs over a propulsive rhythm section. Solid but searching and undeniably soulful, Feelin' Red is Garland in top form.

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