Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Greatest Erroll Garner

Erroll Garner imperturbably played more or less the same piano style throughout his career, blending jazz and pop with a bounce and grin. When he rocks a tempo hard, as on this version of “Confessin,’” he nearly sounds the second coming of Fats Waller, completely free from the bebop influence felt by many of Garner’s piano contemporaries.
These 1949–50 sessions coincided with Garner’s engagements at such famous Harlem showplaces as the Three Deuces, the Apollo Theatre, and Birdland, featuring the unparalleled pianist with two different trios. The original release included Garner’s own “Turquoise” and “Impressions” along with Ravel’s “Pavanne,” Debussy’s “Reverie,” and Basie’s “Blue and Sentimental.”
Garner had one of the greatest right hands in jazz history, and each track unleashes stream after stream of pure flowing melody with a touch so sparkling it even polishes more moody pieces such as “Turquoise” and “Impressions” to a lustrous glow. “Confessin’” is an old-time ragtimey hoot : You can almost listen to the bass like it’s a tuba while Garner rolls the piano keys like he’s strummin’ on the ol’ banjo.
Four bonus tracks include a beautiful “Serenade in Blue” and an amazing nine-minute improvisation on his original “Perpetual Emotion” that should come bearing a “Genius at Work” placard.
The Greatest Garner represented the end of an era for Garner, who signed with Columbia Records in 1950 and subsequently recorded one of the biggest hit songs “Misty” and albums Concert by the Sea in jazz history.
Chris M. Slawecki 

Source :

Erroll Garner
The Greatest Garner
(Atlantic 1227)


1 The Way You Look Tonight (Kern)  3:10
2 Turquoise (Garner)  2:53
3 Pavanne (Ravel)  3:10
4 Impressions (Garner)  3:12
5 Confessin' (Neiburg, Dougherty, Reynolds)  2:55
6 I May Be Wrong (Sullivan, Ruskin)  2:53
7 Skylark (Carmichael, Mercer)  3:09
8 Summertime (Heyward, Gershwin)  3:14
9 Flamingo (Grouya, Anderson)  2:57
10 Rêverie (Debussy)  2:57
11 Blue and Sentimental (Basie, Livingston, David)  2:58
12 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (McHugh, Fields)  3:07
13 Perpetual Emotion (Garner)  9:38
14 Trees (Kilmer, Rasbach)  2:59
15 Lullaby of the Leaves (Petkere, Young)  3:53
16 Serenade in Blue (Gordon, Warren)  2:53


[# 1-4, 7, 9 & 10-12]
Erroll Garner - p
Leonard Gaskin - b
Charlie Smith - dr
[# 5-6, 8 & 13-16]
Erroll Garner - p
John Simmons - b
Harold Wing - dr

Recorded in New York City ; July 20, 1949 [# 1-4, 7, 9 & 10-12] ; & May 12, 1950 [# 5-6, 8 & 13-16]


Chris said...

Thanks Mel I'm keen to hear Erroll with different players.

deGallo said...

Nice upgrade. Thank you.

neil said...

A serious gap in my Garner collection can now be filled; many thanks, mel.
PS: link providers other than Rapidshare would be much appreciated...

der bajazzo said...

Thank you very much for The Greatest Garner, Melanchthon.

Kneigh said...

Many thanx for a Garner I've never seen before, Melanchthon!!

The Jackal said...

Looks like a cool Garner session

Thanks Mel

fcapeau said...

A big thak you for this beautiful post.

Melanchthon said...

Mike said...

Well, I hope I'm no Hugues Panassié, but this is not jazz, it's very cleverly done lounge playing by a talented fellow. Am I downloading it? Yes. Do I enjoy it? Yes! So much for categorizing, and it's hopefully well recorded. Merci!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!