Reviews that mention Philly Joe Jones

May 22, 2015

Red Garland Trio

Swingin’ on the Korner
Elemental Music 5990426

Class always wins out at the end. At least that’s what happened with pianist Red Garland, who experienced an artistic and critical renaissance in the late 1970s until his death in 1984. Dallas-born Garland (1923-1984), who was best known for his stint with Miles Davis’ first classic quintet of 1955-1958, hadn’t arrived out of nowhere and didn’t disappear when his place was taken in the Davis band. Garland was the epitome of the mainstream Jazz pianist who could with aplomb play anything from Bop to ballads to Blues. The 16 tracks on this two CD-set, were culled from performances over a five-day period at San Francisco’s Keystone Korner club in 1977. As an additional bonus, the gig not only reunited Garland with his old foil from the Davis band, drummer Philly Joe Jones, but also includes the once-in-a-lifetime addition of Jazz’s most storied walker, bassist Leroy Vinnegar. MORE