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Album Review

Columbia Records nurtured the career of Erroll Garner in his later days, with Concert by the Sea still an all-time favorite. For those wanting more, these 12 tracks should somewhat satisfy you, but considering his near Herculean discography, it's only a small piece of the pie, albeit tasty. You do get the evergreens "Lover," "Laura," "April In Paris," and the immortal "Misty" in this stack of standards, lovingly interpreted by Garner. This collection is certainly close to the core, though not comprehensive, of essential Garner. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi


Born: June 15, 1921 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

One of the most distinctive of all pianists, Erroll Garner proved that it was possible to be a sophisticated player without knowing how to read music, that a creative jazz musician can be very popular without watering down his music, and that it is possible to remain an enthusiastic player without changing one's style once it is formed. A brilliant virtuoso who sounded unlike anyone else, on medium tempo pieces, Erroll Garner often stated the beat with his left hand like a rhythm guitar while his...
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