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Today’s Memory – Red Garland

Red Garland

May 13, 1923, Dallas, Texas – April 23, 1984, Dallas, Texas


William „Red” Garland was an American modern jazz pianist whose block chord style influenced many forthcoming pianists in the jazz idiom, known for his work as a bandleader during the 1950s with Miles Davis.

Garland’s trademark block chord technique, a commonly borrowed maneuver in jazz piano today, was unique and differed from the methods of earlier block chord pioneers such as George Shearing and Milt Buckner. Garland’s block chords were constructed of three notes in the right hand and four notes in the left hand, with the right hand one octave above the left.

Soul Junction Red Garland Trio, with John Coltrane&Donald Byrd (1957)

Garland became famous in 1955 when he joined the Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane, Philly Joe Jones and Paul Chambers.

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Red Garland Quintet – All Mornin’ Long


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