Red Garland gets a pretty sound out of the piano. He opens with a slow, quiet version of “Sonny Boy,” caressing chords and hitting notes with a deliberate softness. It’s a great way to start an album.
Supported by Wendell Marshall on bass and Charlie Persip on drums, Garland moves into swinging territory on “My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms.” His left hand teasingly comps chords behind the beat while his right hand plays a smokin’ (but burnished) solo, steeped in bop and blues.
The centerpiece of the recording is the traditional, “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen.” Garland plays it with depth, dignity and commitment, balancing hymnal chords with a tightly soulful solo. A very groovy version of “My Blue Heaven” is included as a bonus track, with the trio swinging effortlessly. This is one of Red Garland’s finest albums.
01. Sonny Boy
02. My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms
03. St. James Infirmary
04. I Ain’t Got Nobody
05. Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home
06. Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
07. My Blue Heaven – (previously unreleased, bonus track)
Super High Material CD
Label d’origine : PRESTIGE