Thursday, June 23, 2016

Erroll Garner - Contrasts

Here's some great ear candy for fans of Erroll Garner, or anyone else who enjoys pianistic virtuosity. Recorded in 1954, the highlight of the recording, which is housed in its original Mercury-EmArcy cover art, is Garner's first recording of his biggest hit, "Misty," free from pops, scratches, and other ravages of time. And since Johnny Mathis made the romantic tune popular, Garner played it nightly for the rest of his performing life-about 1,000 times a year, he estimated.
The opener, "You Are My Sunshine," is stamped with that full, rich sound that is Garner's everlasting calling card. Joining him on the trio date were longtime pals Wyatt Ruther on drums and "Fats" Heard on bass. The contrasts the title refers to are Garner the swinger and Garner the balladeer, the later coming home on "Don't Worry About Me" in spectacular fashion. Garner's reading of "Sweet and Lovely" is also a kick with its Latin touch, and you can tell he was having fun with his treatment of the Rogers and Hart standard, "There's a Small Hotel."
It's great that CDs were invented and that the stuff we grew up with and loved is available again, sounding like it was recorded yesterday. These Verve "master editions" will include many of the label's classic recordings from the '50s and '60s with the best sound quality possible, which, for any jazz fan, is good news.
David Zych

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Erroll Garner


1 You Are My Sunshine (Davis, Mitchell)  3:26
2 I've Got the World on a String (Arlen, Koehler)  3:58
3 7-11 Jump (Garner)  7:16
4 Part-time Blues (Garner)  4:31
5 Rosalie (Porter)  2:35
6 In a Mellow Tone (Ellington)  4:17
7 Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Bloom, Koehler)  5:01
8 (All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings (Herpin, Rome)  3:19
9 There's a Small Hotel (Rodgers, Hart)  3:08
10 Misty (Garner)  2:45
11 I'v Got to Be a Rugcutter (Ellington)  2:19
12 Sweet and Lovely (Arnheim, Lemare, Tobias)  3:53
13 Exactly Like You (McHugh, Fields)  3:10


Erroll Garner - p
Wyatt Ruther - b
Eugene "Fats" Heard - dr
Candido Camero - cng [# 12]

Recorded at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago ; July 27, 1954


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you for this upgrade. Nice!

hepcat said...

Thank you very much!

Georges Chevon said...

Thank you for this one Mel. Very Nice.

WOODY said...

Thanks for Erroll, his music enlightens my mind whenever I listen to his music!

5 cents said...

Thank you Mel. Most appreciated. Sunny and hot 100F in Sacramento CA.

Anonymous said...

Yeah MM! What a treat! Goes immediately to my kids, who love Garner! Thanks so much.

flyra said...

Unfortunately, I cannot unzip the file - too many errors. Please check!

Anonymous said...

@flyra - try using 7 Zip File Manager. Click on 001 File, right click, Open with 7 Zip File Manager, 7 Zip will open a window, click extract.

Just did this, so I know it works.

flyra said...

@Anonymous - Thanks for your response but...of course I've done that and, also, tried other things, I even downloaded the files two more times, in case something went wrong with the download. From your answer I gather that you have successfully unzipped the audio files and the artwork and have listened to them - if so good for you, but for me only the first 6 audio files are unzipped (no artwork) and I get a strange and (surely) false error message that maybe the password is wrong (but then how the first files were unzipped)? That's my story!

rowgatien said...

Thanks very much!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Pee said...

Thanks Mel for playing Misty for me.

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice album!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Anonymous said...

Cheers MM! Never enough of Mr. Erroll Garner!

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you muchly!