Friday, May 10, 2013

Erroll Garner Plays Gershwin & Kern

Errol Garner Plays Gershwin and Kern is a reissue of material previously issued in Europe on Bulldog, MPS and Polydor...Either way, the material is quite excellent, often adventuresome and some of his best studio sides. Included here from 2/5/68 and never issued before is a brief "Nice Work If You Can Get It" with Garner singing along to himself -- it's a wonderful gem of a private moment. Backup is Eddie Calhoun or Ike Isaacs on bass, Kelly Martin or Jimmie Smith on drums and Jose Mangual, congas. This was the first domestic issue of this material.
Bob Rusch

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Erroll Garner
Plays Gershwin and Kern


1 Strike Up the Band (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:40
2 Love Walked In (Gershwin, Gershwin) 4:22
3 I Got Rhythm (Gershwin, Gershwin) 4:02
4 Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:35
5 A Foggy Day (Gershwin, Gershwin) 3:30
6 Nice Work If You Can Get It [previously unissued] (Gershwin, Gershwin) 1:07
7 Lovely to Look At (Fields, McHugh, Kern) 2:35
8 Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (Hammerstein II, Kern) 4:02
9 Only Make Believe (Hammerstein II, Kern) 2:18
10 Ol' Man River (Hammerstein II, Kern) 3:15
11 Dearly Beloved (Kern, Mercer) 3:00
12 Why Do I Love You ? [previously unissued] (Hammerstein, Kern) 2:51
13 A Fine Romance (Fields, Kern) 2:29

[# 1-5]
Erroll Garner - p
Eddie Calhoun - b
Kelly Martin - dr
On "I Got Rhythm" Calhoun & Martin are replaces by
Charles "Ike" Isaacs - b
Jimmie Smith - dr
Add Jose Mangual - cg
Recorded in New York ; August 19, 1965
[# 6]
Same as above
Recorded in New York ; Feburary 5, 1968
[# 7-13]
Same as above
Recorded in New York ; August 5-6, 1964


Otis Foster said...

Thanks Mel - always good to see you back again.

d3lta said...

Nice to have you back Mel - terrific post :)

Orbyt said...

Thrilled to see you back up Mel, thank you for this Garner!

marcusr said...

Thank you - for comeback and this great album!

Melanchthon said...

aroonie said...

Merci, Mel - now that is NICE!