Musical Interlude: Starting out the week with a bouncing, swingin’ track from the impeccable one.

May 11th, 2015 at 8:54 am

That would be Red Garland, one of the best jazz pianists every to tickle the ivories. I’m rightfully obsessed with his take on the old ditty Billy Boy. Hate to bring in economics, but I think it’s the efficiency–like Mozart, every note is so perfectly chosen and placed that if you took one out, the structure would be compromised. And unlike Mozart, Red is improvising!

Do me, yourself, and Red a favor and put aside the smart phone, the paper, your cares about the coming week and get deeply into this little gem.

PS: Aficionados may recognize that this version is not the more famous one he did with the Miles Davis Quintet. That one’s great too, of course, but I prefer this more leisurely pace version.

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3 comments in reply to "Musical Interlude: Starting out the week with a bouncing, swingin’ track from the impeccable one."

  1. PAUL GOTTLIEB says:

    We could put together areally swinging jazz groupcomposed entirely by people named “Red.” Red Garland, Red Norvo, Red Mitchell, Red Rodney, . . .can anyone come up with a drummer


  2. Bill Balint says:

    Actually, Mozart was a gifted improviser. Musicians in that period routinely improvised melodies. The practice died out — to an extent, not totally — in classical music, but was revived by blues and jazz musicians in the early 20th century.


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