Saturday, May 7, 2016

Erroll Garner - Long Ago & Far Away

These sides from 1950-51 were the first Garner recorded for Columbia, and like the later Body And Soul reissue from the same label, this disc includes a sophisticated and highly enjoyable program of classic standards. In his inimitable keyboard style — a seamless mixture of swing's bounce, pianist Art Tatum's mammoth facility, and some of bebop's mercurial twists — Garner glides through fine ballad readings of "Spring Is Here" and "Long Ago and Far Away," as well as compact, medium to fast tempo swingers like "When You're Smiling" and "Lover." Garner's burgeoning knack for abstract song preludes are plentiful too, with his two minute (half the song's length) impressionistic reworking of the chords to "My Heart Stood Still" standing out in particular. Extending the process further, Garner plays cat and mouse with the chords over the entirety of both "It Could Happen to You" and "Laura," creating spectral — some might say overly florid — interpretations in the process. The pianist's soft, almost strumming touch endeared him to a millions of fans in the late '40s and early '50s, and made the complex improvisational embellishments almost seem like part of the original composition. A great disc for newcomers and fans alike — nicely remastered, too.
Stephen Cook

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Erroll Garner
Long Ago and Far Away


1 When Johnny Comes Marching Home (Gilmore, Lambert, Trad.)  3:22
 2 It Could Happen to You (Burke, Van Heusen)  3:44
3 I Don't Know Why (Ahlert, Turk)  3:26
4 My Heart Stood Still (Hart, Rodgers)  4:16
5 When You're Smiling (Fisher, Goodwin, Shay)  3:44
6 Long Ago (And Far Away) (Gershwin, Kern)  2:37
7 Poor Butterfly (Golden, Hubbell)  3:06
8 Spring Is Here (Hart, Rodgers)  2:24
9 The Petite Waltz (Claire, Ellington, Heyne)  2:35
10 The Petite Waltz Bounce (Claire, Ellington, Heyne)  3:11
11 Lover (Hart, Rodgers)  3:10
12 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis)  3:23
13 People Will Say We're in Love (Hammerstein II, Rodgers)  3:50
14 Laura (Mercer, Raksin)  2:43
15 I Cover the Waterfront (Green, Heyman)  3:38
16 Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone) (Burton, Jason)  2:55


Erroll Garner - p
John Simmons - b
Shadow Wilson - dr

Recorded  at the Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City ; June 28 & October 7, 1950 ; & January 11, 1951


Melanchthon said...

Bill said...

More early Garner. Wonderful! Thanks Mel.

musician3 said...

GREAT..................................THANK YOU FOR ALL

deGallo said...

Thank you.

NagaYama said...

Erroll Garner is unique : with all his exceptional skills (harmonic, melodic, pianistic...) he keeps doing a music accessible to anybody, always classy, and with this inimitable touch immediately recognizable and so sensitive...

Some true jewels are in this disk.

Thanks Melanchthon. I'll never can thank you enough for your generosity and all the treasures you provide here.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

thank you, Mel!

lowgroove said...

Very much appreciated. More thanks to you.

WOODY said...

If ever there is a Jazz-Pianist to recognize him after very little notes than I first of all think of Erroll Garner with his unmistakable sound and - in my ears - with consistently positive attitudes - avoiding the use of misunderstandig "happy sound".
Thanks for this gem, again very much appreciated!

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot!!!

lucky5 said...

Thank you for the Flacs!

Gil said...

Errol Garner,toujours plaisant a écouter,merci.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you very much Mel!