Red Garland

The Moodsville, Vol. 1

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In the late 1950s, Prestige started a new subsidiary (Moodsville) that was designed to provide mood music for courting couples. The emphasis on this release, The Moodsville, Vol. 1, is on ballads, matching pianist Red Garland, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Art Taylor with guest tenor Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis on three of the eight tunes. Due to the overly relaxed nature of much of this music and the lack of variety, this is not one of the more essential Red Garland sets, but it is still generally enjoyable. Highlights include "We'll Be Together Again," "When Your Lover Has Gone," and "Blue Room."

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