Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Does it get any better than this ? The nearly two hours of music on this double CD set covers Erroll Garner's complete released output for Savoy from January 1945 -- where he was part of the Slam Stewart Quartet -- through the summer of 1949. All of it has been transferred off original acetate sources and very carefully CEDAR-ized to bring out the musical detail in preference to the noise inherent in the masters, and the result is one up-close-and-personal get-together between one's ears and his piano, with bassist John Simmons and drummers Alvin Stoller or Jesse Price providing the underlying beat. From his dazzling first recording of "Laura" through the quieter joys of "I Only Have Eyes for You" (the only rendition that ever eclipsed the Flamingos' more extroverted version as this writer's favorite, with its quietly ornate glory) to "Stormy Weather," the material here is priceless in its alternately serene and playful elegance, and also one of the best cases (if one were still needed) for digital audio and CD playback -- this music is all too quiet to be interfered with by the flaws in vinyl, to be fully appreciated. The annotation is also extremely thorough, and the entire set is a must-own piece for fans of the pianist, or the piano.
Bruce Eder

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/complete-savoy-master-takes-mw0000045932

Erroll Garner
Complete Savoy Master Takes



1 Laura (Mercer, Raksin) 2:44
2 Star Dust (Carmichael, Parish) 2:46
3 Somebody Loves Me (DeSylva, Gershwin, McDonald) 2:43
4 (Back Home Again In) Indiana (Henley, McDonakd) 2:35
5 I Surrender, Dear (Barris, Clifford) 3:02
6 I Only Have Eyes For You (Dubin, Warren) 2:59
7 Stompin' At The Savoy (Goodman, Razaf, Sampson, Webb) 3:07
8 I Cover The Waterfront (Green, Heyman) 3:02
9 It's Easy To Remember (Hart, Rodgers) 2:42
10 Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone) (Burton, Jason) 3:00
11 Love Walked In (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:59
12 September Song (Anderson, Weill) 3:04
13 Body And Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour) 2:58
14 All The Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern) 2:58
15 (I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance With You (Crosby, Washington, Young) 2:41
16 Yesterdays (Harbach, Kern) 3:04
17 Goodbye (Jenkins) 2:55
18 I'm In The Mood For Love (Fields, McHugh) 2:55
19 I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (Gaskill, McHugh) 2:36
20 More Than You Know (Eliscu, Rose, Youmans) 2:45


Cd. 2

1 Undecided (Robin, Shavers) 2:42
2 Red Sails In The Sunset (Kennedy, Williams) 2:43
3 All Of Me (Marks, Simons) 2:49
4 Over The Rainbow (Arlen, Harburg) 3:01
5 A Cottage For Sale (Conley, Robison) 2:58
6 This Can't Be Love (Rodgers, Hart) 2:19
7 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:37
8 Moonglow (DeLange, Hudson, Mills) 2:36
9 I Want A Little Girl (Mencher, Moll) 2:47
10 She's Funny That Way (Moret, Whiting) 2:31
11 Until The Real Thing Comes Along (Cahn, Champlin, Freeman, Holiner, Nichols) 2:51
12 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) (Daugherty, Reynolds) 3:00
13 Stormy Weather (Arlen, Koehler) 3:08
14 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Fields, McHugh) 2:49
15 Rosalie (Porter) 3:05
16 Everything Happens To Me (Adair, Dennis) 3:05
17 A Stairway To The Stars (Malneck, Parish, Signorelli) 2:51
18 Play, Fiddle, Play (Altman, Deutsch, Lawrence) 2:48
19 Dark Eyes (trad.) 2:59
20 Laff, Slam, Laff (Stewart) 2:57
21 Jumpin' At The Deuces (Garner, Stewart) 2:53

[cd. 1 # 1-4]

Erroll Garner - p
John Levy - b
George De Hart - dr
Recorded in New York City ; September 25, 1945
[cd. 1 # 5-20 & cd. 2 # 1-6]
Erroll Garner - p
John Simmons - b
Alvin Stoller - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; March 29, 1949
[cd. 2 # 6-13]
Same as above
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; circa summer 1949
[cd. 2 # 14-17]
Erroll Garner - p
Leonard Gaskin - b
Charlie Smith - dr
Recorded in New York City ; August, 1949
[cd. 2 # 18-21]
Erroll Garner - p
Mike Bryan - g
Slam Stewart - b
Harold "Doc" West - dr
Recorded in New York City ; January 30, 1945
This two-disc set collects Erroll Garner's Savoy label recordings, all of which were made quite early in his career. A pianist of stunning technique and appeal, Garner had a distinctive style involving bold left-hand chordings and lush, behind-the-beat, right-hand melodies. His playing is full of orchestral color, yet always swings. These sessions show Garner's style fully developed even on his earliest studio dates. The earliest, in fact, finds the pianist playing with Slam Stewart's Quartet, aided by Stewart's bass, drummer Harold West, and guitarist Mike Bryan (it is rare to hear Garner interacting with a guitarist). The rest of the set spotlights Garner in his oft-used trio format, peeling off highly polished treatments of show tunes and popular songs. Urbane, harmonically advanced readings of old standbys from the American songbook was one of Garner's specialties, and THE COMPLETE SAVOY MASTER TAKES features Johnny Mercer's "Laura," Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust," and Fields-McHugh's "I'm in the Mood for Love," among others. "Misty," Garner's signature composition, is not included here, but Garner's original artistry and exuberant delivery elsewhere makes up for the absence. Restored sound and an informative booklet make this sampler of Garner's early work a treasure.


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