William "Red" Garland played the piano in a way that was at once soulfully elegant and elegantly soulful. Eight of these nine trio performances were recorded in 1960, by which time Garland had established himself as one of jazz's most popular pianists.
The first five tracks herein, which comprised the LP Halleloo-Y'all, is sanctified Red; the set is further distinguished by his sole recorded performance on organ--an instrument that was at the center of the "soul jazz" trend of the late 1950s. The remainder of the program is more in keeping with the Garland orthodoxy: a Great American standard ("Blues in the Night"), a not-overly-familiar Ellington original ("Rocks in My Bed"), a typically crystalline ballad ("A Portrait of Jennie"), and a blithe blues by Red ("Soul Burnin'"). With the understated, surefooted support of Sam Jones and Arthur Taylor, Blues in the Night provides ample reason for congregation and converts alike to shout "Halleloo!"