Nearness Of You Ballads Played By Red Garland

Album cover art for upc 025218700320
Label: OJC
Catalog: OJC1003.2
Format: CD

1 Why Was I Born? - 4:51 2 The Nearness of You - 5:34 3 Where or When - 6:09 4 Long Ago (And Far Away) - 3:54 5 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) - 5:17 6 Don't Worry About Me - 4:40 7 Lush Life - 4:15 8 All Alone - 4:58

Unlike his slightly earlier recordings for Moodsville (which feature Red Garland on unaccompanied piano solos), this strictly ballad date has Garland joined (on all but the solo "Lush Life") by bassist Larry Ridley and drummer Frank Gant. Since all eight of the standards are taken at the same medium/slow tempo, there is not much variety here, keeping the CD from being essential. But Garland's attractive and distinctive chord voicings, plus his ability to uplift melodies while swinging at a slow speed, make this project a success. Highlights include "The Nearness of You," "Where or When," and Irving Berlin's "All Alone." Particularly effective when used as background music. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

Price: $19.98