Red Garland

So Long Blues

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Not released until 1984, this LP has "new" material from two Red Garland Galaxy sessions. While "So Long Blues" is from a quintet with pianist Garland, trombonist Julian Priester, tenorman George Coleman, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Ben Riley, the other five selections showcase Garland with Carter, Riley, and (on two occasions) guitarist Kenny Burrell. The biggest surprise is the pianist's vocal on "The Best Man." Otherwise, no real surprises occur, but everyone plays well within the hard bop mainstream.