Garrison's big, blunt sound, steady time and
inventive counterlines were an elemental ingredient in the sound
of [the John Coltrane Quartet].
-Paul de Barros
Garrison grew up in Philadelphia in the same neighborhoods as fellow quartet member
McCoy Tyner. Garrison actually played with Coltrane and then with Tyner in the years
before the Coltrane Quartet was established. He also taught for several years
at the collegiate level.
- Born: March 3, 1934. Miami, Florida.
Died April 7, 1978. New York
The host of musicians he's worked with before and after the
Coltrane Quartet is worth noting:
Curtis Fuller, Philly Joe Jones, Benny Golson, Bill Evans, Kenny Dorham,
Lennie Tristano, Charlie Haden, Alice Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp, Elvin Jones, Hampton Hawes,
Very little is written in print or via the Web about Garrison- fortunately, his music
is a testament to his rich, compelling, talent-filled playing.
Photo copyrighted and courtesy of Bill Smith.