Stairway To The Steinway – Freddie Redd
A bop workout! The melody line just keeps on going, connecting the changes in unexpected ways.
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- Recording: Joe Roland - Easy Living
- Recorded on: March 17 & 18, 1955
- Label: Bethlehem (BCP 17)
- Concert Key: E-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Vibes - Joe Roland
- Piano - Freddie Redd
- Guitar - Dick Garcia
- Bass - Danny Martucci
- Drums - Ron Jefferson
Both Joe Roland (vibes, leader) and guitarist Dick Garcia are alumni of the George Shearing Quintet, so this Joe Roland recording session gave pianist Freddie Redd a great opportunity to create this gem in the Shearing style.
May 29, 1928 – March 17, 2021
Pianist Freddie Redd, best known for his role as composer and actor in the play and movie "The Connection," started playing the piano when he was in the Army. Mostly self-taught, he learned while performing in clubs with other musicians. According to Nat Hentoff's liner notes to "Shades Of Redd," Freddie says he's "been influenced by many things I've heard on a lot of instruments. What I do is try to piece together what stimulates me into my own way of feeling things musically." Redd's music is simultaneously optimistic and knowing—it makes you want to play along with it, to join in the experience. Read more...