|All Artists: Red Garland|
Title: I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: 32. Jazz Records
Release Date: 2/2/1999
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Genres: Jazz, Pop
As a member of Miles Davis's quintet in the mid-1950s, Red Garland became one of the most influential pianists in jazz, making a string of excellent records for Prestige as the leader of a trio with Paul Chambers and Art T... more »
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As a member of Miles Davis's quintet in the mid-1950s, Red Garland became one of the most influential pianists in jazz, making a string of excellent records for Prestige as the leader of a trio with Paul Chambers and Art Taylor. A distinctive bop stylist, Garland possessed an acute talent for harmonic extension and a vigorous block chord technique. This 1978 recording catches him late in his career, attacking a program of standards with undiminished skills. The first three tunes are trio pieces with Garland accompanied by Chris Amberger on bass and Eddie Moore on drums. "Will You Still Be Mine" has some of the linear intensity of Bud Powell, while "Please Send Me Someone to Love" calls up Garland's roots in Texas blues. "Bye Bye Blackbird," a favorite since the years with Davis, inspires some potent block chord playing. Altoist Leo Wright joins the group on the last three tunes, and he and Garland clearly provide mutual inspiration on the driving "Bags' Groove" and touching versions of "Body and Soul" and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." --Stuart Broomer
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Stellar Live Performance!
Robert J. Ament | Ballwin, MO United States | 08/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an all-too-short set which seems to get better with each track. The first three selections are trio tracks which had become standards by Red over the years. Even though they have appeared on earlier albums, this is a fresh approach. Red plays like he's still in his prime, retaining the style he established in the 50's while losing nothing in his appeal as a hard bop pianist. A particular favorite of mine is "Please Send Me Someone To Love", where Red really shows his blues roots.
Things seem to get even better with the addition of Leo Wright, a first rate bop oriented alto saxist. A terrific rendition of "Body And Soul" is followed by a positively burning "Bags Groove". "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" closes out the set, probably a request since this was recorded in one of the best jazz clubs in San Francisco at that time.
Special mention should be made of the excellent sound on this recording. Considering it was "live", someone took a lot of care to ensure a dynamite sound quality!
This is a recording that when I close my eyes, I am there! If I had that kind of music locally, I would sit there.....and drink...and listen.....and think I'd died and gone to heaven!"