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Complete Savoy Master Takes [2 CD]

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41 tracks, everything piano great Erroll Garner recorded for Savoy, including 37 sides with his Trio and four with the Slam Stewart Quartet. These sessions date from the mid- to late '40s, about a decade before his best-selling Concert by the Sea album, but fans of his lyrical playing will hear his unmistakeable touch on standards like Star Dust; Laura; Body and Soul; Stompin' at the Savoy , and more.

Erroll Garner was only 23 when the earliest tracks on this two-CD collection were cut. Yet the pianist never exhibits tentativeness, regardless of the tune, the tempo, or the troupe he's working with. Dating from the winter of 1945 to the summer of 1949, these selections mark some of Garner's earliest professional efforts. You wouldn't know it by listening to his playing, however. With the exception of four tunes recorded while he was still a member of the Slam Stewart Quartet, Garner works in a trio setting here, essaying a selection of standards with a freshness that is utterly invigorating. Capable of being alternately playful or reflective (while resisting the temptation to be either coy or self-absorbed), the Pennsylvania-born virtuoso displays the breadth of his talents and tastes on back-to-back exhibitions such as the pensive yet crisp "A Cottage for Sale," followed by the jaunty, utterly delightful "This Can't Be Love." Given that the 41 tracks included here represent Garner's full Savoy output (alternate takes excepted), this collection is essential for fans of jazz piano. --Steven Stolder

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. LauraErroll Garner 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Star DustErrol Garner 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Somebody Loves MeErroll Garner 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. (Back Home Again In) IndianaErroll Garner 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. I Surrender, DearErrol Garner 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. I Only Have Eyes For YouErrol Garner 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Stompin' At The SavoyErrol Garner 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. I Cover The WaterfrontErrol Garner 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. It's Easy To RememberErrol Garner 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone)Erroll Garner 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Love Walked InErroll Garner 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. September SongErrol Garner 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Body And SoulErroll Garner 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. All The Things You AreErroll Garner 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. (I Don't Stand ) A Ghost Of A Chance (With You)Errol Garner 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. YesterdaysErrol Garner 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. GoodbyeErrol Garner 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. I'm In The Mood For LoveErrol Garner 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. I Can't Believe That Your In Love With MeErrol Garner 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. More Than You KnowErroll Garner 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. UndecidedErroll Garner 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Red Sails In the SunsetErrol Garner 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. All Of MeErroll Garner 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Over The RainbowErrol Garner 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. A Cottage For SaleErrol Garner 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. This Can't Be LoveErroll Garner 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. The Man I LoveErrol Garner 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. MoonglowErroll Garner 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. I Want A Little GirlErroll Garner 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. She's Funny That WayErrol Garner 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Until The Real Thing Comes AlongErrol Garner 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. (I'm) Confessin' (That I Love You)Erroll Garner 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Stormy WeatherErroll Garner 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. On The Sunny Side Of Tthe StreetErroll Garner 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. RosalieErrol Garner 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Everything Happens to MeErrol Garner 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. A Stairway To The StarsErrol Garner 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Play, Fiddle, PlayErrol Garner 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Dark EyesErrol Garner 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Laff, Slam LaffErrol Garner 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Jumpin' At The DeucesErrol Garner 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Savoy
  • ASIN: B00000DC2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amado Ponce on March 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This Savoy Master Takes collection(1945-1949) represents one of the best periods in Garner's career. His "signature" was already in place at that time (You cannot say that of many jazz pianist, since it takes a lot of years when their music is clearly identified).
Most songs at that time were limited to three minutes maximum (Due to the 78 RPM recordings). Erroll demonstrated-under this time restriction- to provide outstanding improvisation ("The Man I Love") as well as swing ("Indiana", "Undecided", Stompi'n at the Savoy", just to name a few examples).
It seems to this writer that Erroll was "carrying" those melodies so smoothly that it was very delighted to listened to them-over and over.
In general, it's worth adding this Savoy set (Two discs) to your collection, regardless of the the out of tune piano in a few of the songs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee the reader on May 11, 2010
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I bought this album because of an Amazon Jazz sampler - the song was specifically September Song, to be precise. Yes, it is quite out of tune, but after a couple of listens I realized I was being introduced to a master.

Few songs bring tears to my eyes but September Song did. The obviously dysfunctional piano in a strange way added a poignance to the melody - it reminded me of the old piano at my grandfather's house that could only be coaxed to impart a melody by those who truly loved music.

Each piece here has a special touch, and each is short enough that I go back and play them over again and over again. It's wonderful listening for a rainy afternoon. Beautiful interpretations by one of the greats. If you love older music, you won't regret spending for this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 19, 2013
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This album was mostly recorded in 1949 with four tracks in 1945. It is a perfect segue from a collection of Garner's earliest recordings titled The Best of Erroll Garner from 1944 to 1947 (Deluxe Edition). In fact if you also follow this album by Essential Jazz Masters '56 you will have a rough chronological framework to hear his personal evolution. Not necessarily his style, but in his choice of material. His style was pretty much fully mature very early in his career.

What I love is that the sound quality is more than acceptable on most of the tracks. That, alone, is quite a feat considering the state of recording technology during Garner's Savoy period. Do be aware that this will probably not please an audiophile, so if you are expecting pristine and processed sound you are going to be disappointed. What you can expect is some excellent music.

Fortunately this page has sound samples, so listen to those first. They will provide you with ample information about the music and sound quality in a few short seconds per track.

For my fellow jazz geeks and hard core Garner fans I have tracked down session information. Some of the sources I checked were vague of ambiguious, which I have noted where appropriate.

Tracks 1 through 4 were recorded in NYC on September 25, 1945. Erroll is backed by John Levy on bass and George De Hart on drums. The remaining tracks on this disc were recorded in Los Angeles on March 29, 1949 with John Simmons on bass and Alvin Stoller on drums.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yakov Hadash VINE VOICE on January 16, 2004
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the only downfall is that the booklet does not list full sessionographical/discographical information. if someone could post that info here (or which book it would be in) I'd appreciate it...
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