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Solo Time! The Erroll Garner Collection, Vol. 4 & 5

Erroll Garner

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This two-CD collection of solo piano performances by Erroll Garner comes from a single visit to a Detroit radio station studio in 1954, though none of them were commercially issued until 1992, some 15 years after Garner's death. Though he was in town for a trio gig later that evening, Garner was a brilliant solo artist who could nail performances on the first take, as he did with all 21 selections in this set, three of which are medleys. Garner's omnipresent humor and effortless ability to swing make each of these selections sound fresh over a half-century later. Some of the highlights include the delightful "That Old Black Magic," the gently striding "If I Could Be with You," a lush and lyrical "Flamingo," an extended workout of "Ol' Man River," and a somewhat campy take of the bittersweet "Cottage for Sale." This is an essential collection for Erroll Garner fans, though it is no longer in print and will get tougher to acquire with the passage of time.


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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