5 STARS DOWN BEAT MAGAZINE
2 LPs ON 1 CD
The complete original albums "Dig It!"(Prestige 7229) and "High Pressure" (Prestige 7209). Although it was issued as by the Red Garland Quintet with John Coltrane, only two out of the four tracks on Dig It! (“Billie’s Bounce” and “Lazy Mae”) presented that formation. The other two tunes consisted of a Red Garland trio showcase on “Crazy Rhythm”, and an octet version of Jimmy Heath’s “CTA” that featured both Garland and Coltrane. As a bonus, the complete original album "High Pressure" (Prestige 7209), which includes three tunes that complete the quintet session from "Dig It!".
JOHN COLTRANE, tenor saxophone
DONALD BYRD, trumpet
RED GARLAND, piano
GEORGE JOYNER, bass
ART TAYLOR, drums
New York, December 13, 1957.
Tracks( 8-9): Same personnel as above.
Hackensack, New Jersey, November 15, 1957.
Track (2): Red Garland (p), Paul Chambers (b), Art Taylor (d)
Hackensack, New Jersey, February 7, 1958.
Track (3): Idrees Sulieman (tp), Webster Young (ct), John Coltrane,
Bobby Jaspar (ts), Red Garland (p), Kenny Burrell (g),
George Joyner (b), Art Taylor (d).
New York, March 22, 1957.
[1-4]: Originally issued as DIG IT! (Prestige 7229).
[5-9]: Originally issued as HIGH PRESSURE (Prestige 7209).
INCLUDES 16-PAGE BOOKLET
01 BILLIE’S BOUNCE
02 CRAZY RHYTHM
04 LAZY MAE
06 TWO BASS HIT
07 SOFT WINDS
09 WHAT IS THERE TO SAY?
TOTAL TIME: 77:43
DOWN BEAT original review: DIG IT!
“This LP is another in the series of excellent informal sessions Garland and Coltrane made for Prestige in the late ‘50s. ‘Billie’s Bounce’ has a magnificent Coltrane solo. Ideas flow from his horn with startling rapidity, and for all its floridness the continuity of his playing rarely falters.” (Harvey Pekar)
DOWN BEAT original review: HIGH PRESSURE
“Any of the three albums that resulted from the Garland quintet session would be a worthy and desirable addition to a balanced jazz collection, not the least this one.” (Frank Kofsky)