Rojo adds an important item to the extensive inventory of Red Garland albums in the OJC catalog. As in its immediate predecessor, Manteca (OJCCD-428-2), a Garland piano trio is expanded by the addition of conga drummer Ray Barretto. Barretto contributed color, breadth, and substance to all of the pieces on which he appeared, not just those with Latin inclinations. The title track, composed by Garland at the record date, was one of the his happiest efforts. The entire album, in fact, has an aura of uplift and cheer, due in no small measure to the contributions of bassist George Joyner and drummer Charlie Persip.
Rojo, We Kiss in a Shadow, Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup, Ralph J. Gleason Blues, You Better Go Now, Mr. Wonderful