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Concert By the Sea

Erroll Garner

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Album Review

Concert by the Sea was arguably the finest record pianist Erroll Garner ever made, and he made many — a few outstanding — good recordings. But this live recording (September 19, 1955) with his trio (Eddie Calhoun, bass; Denzil Best, drums) presented a typical Garner program; it was a mixture of originals, show biz, and pop standards delivered with his unique delivery and enthusiasm. The rhythms and brilliant use of tension and release were perfectly captured. And while for many jazz listeners, Garner's deliberate structures were too orchestrated, there was an equal spontaneity in the propulsion of these orchestrations that swung as well as anything. [The 2007 Jazz Beat reissue included bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews


if you like jazz and specifically jazz piano, this is a MUST own. sunday at the village vanguard, duke at newport and then this are the three greatest live recorded piano jazz EVER!!!! i can't believe nobody's reviewed this yet. incredible album.

Relax and enjoy

I was 13 when my older brother "gave" me this album (even though he still has it), and I didn't know what he was thinking at the time. I can now appreciate his gesture - this is a beautiful introduction to a classic artist in both format and style. I don't know enough about jazz to describe it well to you, but I know what I like - this.


I own the vinyl version of this fantastic release and have loved it for ages. Erroll Garner was a true prodigy. He never had formal music training and never learned to read music, yet he produced such fantastic music! Concert By The Sea takes you there to the majestic setting of it's recording. Erroll was in rare form and the music just swings! An unbelieveable talent!


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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