The Red Garland Quintet – Soul Junction (1957/2007/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:36 minutes | 503 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Rudy Van Gelder Edition, Remastered
With a veritable All-Star lineup in tow, pianist Red Garland turns in a relaxed session that highlights his deft, tasteful touch. Soul Junction features tenor saxophonist John Coltrane in fine form joined by trumpeter Donald Byrd, bassist George Joyner and drummer Art Taylor. Highlights include Garland’s 15-minute blues workout on the title cut and Coltrane’s masterful “sheets of sound” soloing on the bouncy, breezy “Woody’n You.”
Pianist Red Garland’s very relaxed, marathon blues solo on the 16-minute “Soul Junction” is the most memorable aspect of this reissue. With such soloists as tenor saxophonist John Coltrane and trumpeter Donald Byrd, plus steady support provided by bassist George Joyner and drummer Art Taylor, Garland gets to stretch out on the title cut and four jazz originals, including “Birk’s Works” and “Hallelujah”. Coltrane is in excellent form, playing several stunning sheets of sound solos.
01 – Soul Junction
02 – Woodyn’ You
03 – Birks’ Works
04 – I’ve Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good
05 – Hallelujah
Produced by Bob Weinstock.
Recorded on November 15, 1957 at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ.
All transfers were made from the analog master tapes to digital at 24-bit resolution. Supervision by Bob Weinstock.
Remastered by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio in 2007.
Red Garland – piano
John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
Donald Byrd – trumpet
George Joyner – bass
Art Taylor – drums
A Note From Rudy Van Gelder:
I remember the sessions well, I remember how the musicians wanted to sound, and I remember their reactions to the playbacks. Today, I feel strongly that I am their messenger.