After his performances in the Miles Davis Quintet had made people aware of his talent, Prestige signed Red Garland to his own exclusive recording contract. A Garland of Red was the first in a long line of albums by the Dallas-born Philadelphian. With a colleague from the Davis group, bassist Paul Chambers, and Arthur Taylor on drums, he formed what was essentially a recording trio. This made them no less potent than if they had been working clubs, too. Garland's extensive repertoire yields two handfuls of standards, a blues ("Blue Red"), and an "I Got Rhythm" (Charlie Parker's "Constellation"). For Garland as a Prestige leader it was only the beginning, but a very auspicious one.