Hank Garland wasnt the first Country and Western guitarist to discover jazz as a new way of playing. Mundell Lowe and Tal Farlow (whose Verve recordings have long become classics) are just two such musicians who are better known to jazz fans.
Garlands shining example Charlie Christian was his inspiration when he was invited to participate in a super session, and the LP "Jazz Winds From A New Direction" became a smash hit. With Joe Morello, the drummer responsible for the tricky, odd meter and Joe Benjamin, who had been instructed by Gerry Mulligan and performs harmonic magic even without a piano, and then Gary Burton, a newcomer (only 17 years old and completely unknown at the time!) on the vibraphone, these six numbers are a real phenomenon with regard to musicality, style, and recording technique.
Unfortunately it was to remain a unique jazz session, for Hank Garland could never aspire to such heights again after his tragic car accident. Thats why jazz fans should snap at the chance to grab this newly mastered LP: it enriched the musical horizon of the musicians during the recording, and is guaranteed to bewitch the listener of today.
"When Hank Garland made this fine record in 1961, he was the first-call studio guitarist in Nashville, having recorded with just about every big name in the County and Western universe. But by the end of the year his career was over, cut short by an automobile accident that nearly ended his life. The fact that Garland never got to follow up on this outstanding date gave it immediate cult status among guitarists of all callings." - Duck Baker, The Absolute Sound, 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics
"....the reissue sounds very good. Good enough to recommend." - analogplanet, Music 8/11, Sound 9/11
180g Virgin Vinyl
High Quality Pressing
Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering
Hank Garland, guitar
Gary Burton, vibes
Joe Benjamin, bass
Joe Morello, drums
1. All the Things You Are
2. Three Four, The Blues