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Red Garland first rose to prominence as the pianist with Miles Davis’ mid-1950s group, the quintet which also included saxophonist John Coltrane, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. Although he played on the renowned Prestige albums Cookin’, Relaxin’, Steamin’ and Workin’ and Miles’ first couple of records on Columbia, Garland was gone by 1958, out playing with his own trio.
While still with Davis, however, Garland did a couple of quintet sessions under his own name, Soul Junction and All Mornin’ Long, which featured Coltrane and trumpeter Donald Byrd (and which have been more recently reissued under Coltrane’s name as Complete Recordings (With Red Garland and Donald Byrd)). Garland lays down seemingly endless quantities of relaxed, deep-dish blues on the LP title cuts "Soul Junction" and "All Mornin' Long,", while "Soft Winds" and "Billie’s Bounce" are blues in a more uptempo, straight ahead vein. On the latter in particular Coltrane carves up the changes in double time from the get-go, though elsewhere he still holds forth in a fairly conversational, pre-"Giant Steps" vein and Byrd blows all the textbook bebop lines you could want to hear. And there’s the minor blues "Birks Works," which is positively cooking.