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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby




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ERROLL GARNER

Jazz Standards Vol.2

NAXOS Jazz Legends

8.120661

 

1

Sometimes I’m Happy 11 Body and Soul

2

Embraceable You 12 It’s Easy to Remember

3

Always 13 I Surrender Dear

4

Lover, Come Back To Me 14 Love Walked In

5

I Can’t Get Started 15 I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby

6

I’ve Got You Under My Skin 16 Skylark

7

Blue Skies 17 Rosalie

8

Don’t Blame Me 18 Stairway to the Stars

9

Where Or When 19 Everything Happens to Me

10

If I Loved You 20 On the Sunny Side of the Street

These recordings of that piano genius Erroll Garner were made during the years just prior to his progress from being a ‘scuffling’ night-club performer to becoming a major international star. The first six tracks feature solo piano, the rest have bass and drums accompaniment.

All the tunes are recognized and well-loved standards that remained in Garner’s repertoire throughout his career. But it was his unique style and treatment of such material that made him a master – the left hand laying down a solid rhythm whilst the right hand explored and embroidered every facet of the melody and chords. Ballads were played with much feeling and expression and up-tempo numbers ‘swung like the clappers.’

For those readers who are not familiar with Garner’s music I strongly urge you to listen to this CD, without any extraneous background, and enjoy the early work of one of jazz’s greatest pianists. I’m sure it will become a base for many additions. There will be very few of you who don’t get hooked!

Jack Ashby



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