Listening | “Almost Like Being In Love” from Red Garland

“Almost Like Being In Love” is the fourth track on the album Red Garland’s Piano. This 4m 50s track has a bit of a lower-fidelity feel with the record white noise in the background, the that does not detract from this gem of a song.

Red Garland’s Bio from Spotify:

Red Garland mixed together the usual influences of his generation (Nat Cole, Bud Powell, and Ahmad Jamal) into his own distinctive approach; Garland’s block chords themselves became influential on the players of the 1960s. He started out playing clarinet and alto, switching to piano when he was 18. During 1946-1955, he worked steadily in New York and Philadelphia, backing such major players as Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and Roy Eldridge, but still remaining fairly obscure.

That changed when he became a member of the classic Miles Davis Quintent (1955-1958), heading a rhythm section that also included Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones.

After leaving Miles, Garland had his own popular trio and recorded very frequently for Prestige, Jazzland, and Moddsville during 1956-1962.

The pianist eventually returned to Texas and was in semi-retirement, but came back gradually in the 1970s, recording for MPS (1971) and Galaxy (1977-1979) before retiring again.

~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

Upbeat piano, laid-back percussion, and moseying bass keep your attention in what has become one of my favorite songs to enjoy while writing or studying. It is a very playful song that will lift your spirits and put you in a good mood. Its…almost like being in love!

Happy listening,

~ Griff