With a whirlwind of instrumental styles fusing classical, rock, blues, jazz, world music, progressive, as well as the quintessential California musical genre surf music, the California Guitar Trio's stunning virtuosity and sly sense of humor have earned them an enthusiastic following and wide notoriety, with significant crossover in the progressive, acoustic and classical music scenes.
There’s nothing more exhilarating for a guitarist than taking center stage and fronting a power trio. Witness the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Clapton and so many other masters of this genre. It’s also a lot more challenging than it looks and that’s the premise for Kelly Richey’s Power Trio course, which focuses on the key elements, creative approaches and techniques that define the genre.
Pianist Red Garland recorded frequently with trios for Prestige during the second half of the 1950s. For this set (reissued on CD), Garland, bassist George Joyner and drummer Charlie Persip are joined by Ray Barretto on congas and the emphasis is on forceful swinging. Garland takes such ballads as "We Kiss in a Shadow" and "You Better Go Now" at faster-than-expected tempos. "Ralph J. Gleason Blues" and the Latin feel of "Rojo" are among the highlights of this enjoyable disc.