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Red Garland and Miles Davis had a symbiotic relationship. Red was such
an important cog in the Davis quintet as a soloist, interactive accompanist, and
keeper of the repertory. Being in Miles' group gave Garland the exposure he
otherwise would not have gotten. Once Garland's talent as a pianist, with a
boundless repository of material in his head, was established, Prestige's Bob Weinstock signed him to a contract as a recording leader in his own right. With
his Davis section-mate, Paul Chambers, on bass, and New York drummer Arthur
Taylor, Garland formed a trio that met quite often in Rudy Van Gelder's studio.
Groovy was the third in Red's trio series for Prestige and it has the usual fine
mix of jazz standards, ballad standards, blues ballads, and just plain blues. It
is an object lesson in finding and maintaining a groove.
• Limited to 1,000 copies
Red Garland, piano
Arthur Taylor, drums
Paul Chambers, bass
1. C-Jam Blues
2. Gone Again
3. Will You Still Be Mine?
4. Willow Weep For Me
5. What Can I Say Dear?
6. Hey Now