Saturday, April 22, 2017

Erroll Garner Trio - The Most Happy Piano (The 1956 Studio Sessions)

Subtitled "The 1956 Studio Sessions", this double CD unites all the trio recordings originally released on four LPs entitled respectively The Most Happy Piano, The One and Only Erroll Garner, He's Here ! Here's Gone! He's Garner !, and Encores in Hi-Fi. A couple of the tracks were recorded in 1956 but not included on those LPs. The last seven tracks were included on those albums although they were actually recorded earlier : between 1950 and 1953.
All this may sound complicated, but it adds up to a cornucopia of performances by one of jazz's great individualists. The untaught Erroll Garner had an entirely personal style which has been much copied but never bettered. By 1956, most of the Garner trademarks were in place: the bouncy left hand; the right hand lagging slightly behind the beat; the flowery decorations ; and the build-up at the end of nearly every chorus. In such tracks as "My Silent Love", there are even hints of his habit of prefacing tunes with mystifying introductions, which was to become more of a feature in many later performances.
So Erroll Garner had his mannerisms but he could still surprise us. For instance, in "But Not For Me", his two hands are even more out of sync than usual, producing a seesawing effect. And what are those strange chords that he introduces into "Moonglow" ? "Humoresque" displays his drollery, while many ballads (e.g. "My Silent Love", "Crème de Menthe") illustrate his poetic treatment of slow numbers, with lots of tremolos and generous use of the sustaining pedal to get the most emotion out of the piano.
Ol' Man River has the same drive as many of the performances on Garner's renowned Concert by the Sea album. Erroll even sneaks in an impudent quotation from "Cocktails for Two !" And "The Man I Love" surprises by beginning as an ornate ballad but then doubling the tempo to create an eight-minute romp.
The transfers to compact disc are well engineered, and an informative 20-page booklet is included. Garner fans will need no encouragement to buy this generous album but, if you haven't yet sampled Erroll, this is a marvellous place to start. The album title is well-chosen, as Garner was one of the happiest pianists in jazz - and he conveyed this happiness to his audiences.
Tony Augarde

Source :

Erroll Garner
The Most Happy Piano
(The 1956 Studio Sessions)


Cd. 1

1 Rose Room (Hickman, Williams)  5:05
2 But Not for Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:36
3 My Silent Love (Heyman, Suesse)  4:38
4 Full Moon and Empty Arms (Kay, Mossman)  4:19
5 Some of these Days (Brooks)  3:50
6 Time on my Hands (Adamson, Gordon, Youmans)  4:19
7 Girl of my Dreams (Clapp)  4:28
8 Alexander's Ragtime Band (Berlin)  3:40
9 If It's the Last Thing I Do (Cahn, Chaplin)  6:42
10 After I Say I'm Sorry (Donaldson, Lyman)  5:29
11 I Got It Bad (And that Ain't Good) (Ellington, Webster)  5:46
12 Ol' Man River (Kern, Hammerstein)  5:58
13 Them There Eyes (Pinkard, Tauber, Tracey)  4:42
14 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  8:10


Cd. 2

1 Moonglow (Hudson, DeLange, Mills)  5:28
2 All God's Chillun Got Rhythm (Jurmann, Kahn, Kaper)  5:01
3 Crème de Menthe (Garner)  4:45
4 Humoresque (Dvořák)  5:10
5 My Lonely Heart (Garner)  5:40
6 Mambo 207 (Garner)  4:17
7 The Way Back Blues (Garner)  6:12
8 Passin' Through (Garner)  3:09
9 Once in a While (Edwards, Green)  5:45
10 Dancing Tambourine (Polla, Ponce)  3:53
11 Sophisticated Lady (Ellington, Parish, Mills)  2:54
12 Robbin's Nest (Thompson, Jacquet)  3:20
13 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis)  3:31
14 Fancy (Garner)  4:29
15 Groovy Day  (Garner)  3:41


[Cd. 1 & Cd. 2, # 1-8]
Erroll Garner - p
Al Hall - b
Specs Powell - dr
Recorded in New York City ; June 7 [# Cd. 1 & Cd. 2, # 1-4] ; & September 11 [# Cd. 2, # 5-8], 1956
[Cd. 2, # 9-10]
Erroll Garner - p
Wyatt Ruther - b
Fats Heard - dr
Recorded in New York City ; February 27, 1953
[Cd. 2, # 11-14]
Erroll Garner - p
John Simmons - b
Shadow Wilson - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; July 2, 1951 [# 11 & 12] ; & in New York ; October 7, 1950
[Cd. 2, # 15]
Erroll Garner - p
Wyatt Ruther - b
Fats Heard - dr
Recorded in New York City ; March 30, 1953


jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

La Danse de Puck said...

Million thanks! You know WHO admires Errol Garner a lot? Martha Argerich!

zorro said...

I love Errol. Thank you

anon'n'on said...

perhaps everyone likes errol a little more than they'd like to let on..thanks

Jazzman77 said...

There's nothing wrong with listening to some happy piano. Thank you melanchthon.

Albertito Jazz said...

Melanchthon: thanks for all the lasts records. I enjoy your jazz each day!!

boro boy said...

This is indeed a real treasure trove! Man thanks Melanchthon.

danair said...

Wonderful! thanks very much Mel.

hepcat said...

Mel, excellent, many thanks.

deGallo said...

Very nice and I also enjoy EG a lot!!!. Thank you.

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

Prof. Yaffle said...

Mel, thank you

Greeny said...

Mel, thanks a lot for that nice Garner set.

der bajazzo said...

Oh my... Martha Glaser (Erroll's agent) used to get so mad when she saw his name spelled with only one "L" (see some comments above).

Thanks very much, Melanchthon for sharing these Columbia Garners.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Luis said...

Thank you Mel, great update to my LPs.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you very much

dantzig65 said...

Very nice. Good sound too.

Philo said...

Good stuff! Fun music, well recorded. Thanks for posting.

Brush&Stick said...

Garner's Columbia sides are some of his most inspired. Thanks so much!

jazzcat1228 said...

Another great share. Thank you, Mel!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks and More Thanks.

Steffen said...

Thank you.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx Melanchthon - a nice upgrade from my mp3s.

rubberduck said...

MAny thanks, Mel

OldHippieRick said...

Gee Mel this is a great post and I missed it (heath issues kept me away awhile) any chance on a re-up on these gems by Erroll Garner all the years not covered by Chronological Classics or the Columbia Jazz series thanks in advance.. ~ ☮HЯ ✌

deGallo said...

The Complete "Concert By The Sea" remastered is being issued soon! Thank you for all the music and this wonderful blog!

Doug said...

Great stuff!Yeah ... Concert By The Sea [3 CD remastered] out in less than a week.Also a new album by Dave and Phil Alvin.Must buys for me.

hepcat said...

Thank you, Mel

neil said...

Got the original "The Most Happy Piano", but not the extras; so many thanks, mel...

WOODY said...

When I listened long ago to the first notes of "April In Paris"
of the fantastic album "CONCERT BY THE SEA" I began to start
my love for Erroll Garner, his style is so unique and stimulating
(to go to the own piano too), that I'm still glad to find some
new albums of Erroll I never heard befor.
So thanks a lot for this share - and all your others (!) -
very much appreciated!

zipper said...

Wonderful, absolutely wonderful. Many thanks.

Melanchthon said...

Georges Chevon said...

Exceptionnel!!! Merci Mel

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!

DEEP said...


PlantDoctor53 said...

Hi Mel, thank you.

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot!!!

Kovina Kris said...

I have none of these albums included in the comp. Very nice to get these. Thank you!