Red Garland Quintet

High Pressure

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High Pressure Review

by Scott Yanow

The distinctive pianist Red Garland, tenor saxophonist John Coltrane (then 31 and already breaking away from the pack), and trumpeter Donald Byrd, along with the supportive bassist George Joyner and drummer Art Taylor, perform five jazz standards on this CD reissue. Highlights include "Soft Winds," "Undecided," and an explosive version of "Two Bass Hit" that foreshadowed the rendition that Trane would record with Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley the following year. High-quality hard bop from some true "Young Lions."

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