From 1946, when he appeared in New York from his native Dallas, Red Garland was in demand as one of the favorite rhythm section pianists of a variety of jazz artists. He played for Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Charlie Parker, and dozens of other major performers. He was Miles Davis's pianist when Davis--and everybody in his quintet--became famous. Garland's vast discography as sideman and leader almost always finds him in the company of others. Red Alone is a happy exception. In 1960, he sat down at the Steinway in Rudy Van Gelder's studio and played eight great standard songs, demonstrating that the richness of his harmonic knowledge, his time sense, and his gift for melody were all he needed. The album, part of Prestige's Moodsville series, was intended as mood music. It is that, and much more. This is its first appearance on CD.