Red Garland

Soul Burnin'

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Soul Burnin' contains material recorded at Red Garland' final two sessions for the Prestige label. Garland is generally in fine form, drawing on his bop and blues influences to produce cleanly coherent solos.

On "If You Could See Me Now" and "On Green Dolphin Street," Garland's trio (with Charlie Persip, drum, and Peck Morrison, bass) is supplemented by the trumpet of Richard Williams and the saxophone of Oliver Nelson. Nelson (known mostly as an arranger/ composer) has an unformed sound and a melodic conception that recalls Coltrane.

The three tunes performed by Garland's other trio (with Sam Jones, bass, and Art Taylor, drums) are solid, if uninspired. Also included as a bonus track is a tune called "A Little Bit of Basie" -- Garland's playing here echoes the elegance, economy, and style of the Count's.

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