Wed, 12 August 2009
Red Garland was taking it a bit easier than in the past in 1959. The 36 year old pianist had come off one of the busiest years in jazz history, having participated in sessions for John Coltrane and Donald Byrd; Miles Davis with Coltrane and Cannonball Adderly; "Jazz From Carnegie Hall" with J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Lee Konitz, and Zoot Sims; as well as sessions for a trio and quartet under his own name.
No wonder it wasn't until August that Garland entered Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Hackensack, New Jersey to wrotk with the elgendary Coleman Hawkins and a new trio. Doug Watkins was on bass and Charles "Specs" Wright was the new drummer. They recorded five tracks for what was released as Coleman Hawkins with the Red Garland Trio, and then cut six more as a trio. Those tracks ended up ebign scattered on albums from Prestige and Fantasy Records like Satin Doll, Stretching Out, Soul Burnin' and the compilations Rediscovering Masters.
Click here to listen to the "A Little Bit of Basie" from those sessions. Garland lays down a boogie-woogie entry before heading off on one long solo that attempts to capture the spirit and fire of the one and only Count Basie. His cohorts Watkins and Wright barely have time to do anythign else but keep the beat, although Wright caps things off with some crashing drums.
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