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Jazz Icons: Erroll Garner Live in '63 & '64

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Jazz Icons: Erroll Garner Live In '63 & '64

Jazz Icons: Erroll Garner presents two beautifully filmed concerts from 1963 and 1964 featuring his classic trio of bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Kelly Martin. Erroll Garner was one of jazz's true original players and this DVD showcases his improvisational brilliance on a parade of his most classic numbers. The trio delivers throughout both shows including favorites 'Fly Me To The Moon' and 'I Get A Kick Out Of You' as well as originals 'Erroll's Theme,' 'Mambo Erroll' and his best-known composition, 'Misty.'


The release of the fourth installment of the Jazz Icons series now brings it up to 30 separate DVDs and over 40 hours of vintage jazz performances, making this the most comprehensive music DVD series of any genre. Reelin' In The Years who produced the Jazz Icons series are also responsible for the Grammy-nominated American Folk Blues Festival series, the multi-platinum selling Definitive Motown series (Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) and the British Invasion series (Small Faces, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Dusty Springfield, and Herman's Hermits.) As in all of their projects, each DVD is produced with the full support and cooperation of the artists or their estates.

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Both shows are replete with Garner's famous bait-and-switch trick with tempos: 'It Might as Well Be Spring' and 'When Your Lover Has Gone,' both normally slow love songs, here become rollicking and strident, while 'Fly Me to the Moon,' usually heard as an uptempo swinger, shows Garner at his most tender and introspective. He plays 'My Funny Valentine' with so much harmonic ingenuity and melodic originality, with cascading runs of notes that enhance rather than distract from the romantic mood… --The Wall Street Journal, Will Friedwald, September 16, 2009

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Product Details

  • Actors: Erroll Garner, Eddie Calhoun, Kelly Martin
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Jazz Icons
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002N5KE1A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,689 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 10, 2009
This DVD presents two concerts Erroll Garner played, with his side men bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Kelly Martin, in Belgium in 1963 and Sweden 1964. It is filmed in black & white and in mono, but beautifully. Sound is terrific and the videography focuses hugely on Garner's beatific face and his amazing hands. It's like sitting right up front. Wonderful!

I needn't say anything that hasn't already been said about Garner's artistry. He was, for me, the most amazing jazz pianist I ever encountered. I spent a long time trying to imitate his style, with absolutely no success.

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Belgium:
Erroll's Theme
A Get a Kick Out of You
Fly Me to the Moon
It Might as Well Be Spring
Misty (Thank you, Mr Garner, for writing this tune!)
Where or When
Thanks for the Memories

Sweden:
Erroll's Theme
When Your Lover Has Gone
Fly Me to the Moon
Mambo Erroll
My Funny Valentine
One-Note Samba
Where or When
Thanks for the Memories
Erroll's Theme

Each concert lasts about thirty minutes for a total of 60 minutes. There is a nice 20-page booklet that contains extensive and very informative liner notes by John Murph, a center section of reproductions of photos and album covers and the like of Garner.

This DVD is self-recommending. If you like Garner, you'll want to own it.

Scott Morrison
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Errol Garner, the pianist composer of the eternal "Misty", gets some serious spotlight on this terrific DVD, containing two concerts from his best years.

Garner can't keep his good humor inside, beaming as he casually rattles off stunningly complex jelly rolls, swing boogies, and baroque cascades. Listen close and you can hear his percussive growls as he cajoles the keyboard into startlingly dynamic sounds. It's a truly orchestral approach that turns each pop ditty into a spectral landscape. His legendary intros are so rich and inspired they become dazzling compositions in themselves. It's beyond belief that his vast palette was learned totally by ear, without learning any notation. Instead Garner vibes directly off the audience, taking his pleasure in reading their responses as he happily surveys the room. And happy is the operative word. Errol looks like he's having the time of his life playing for these folks, and you'll be glad you were there to see it, too.
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Erroll is featured here in brilliant form in these two superb European concerts from the 1960's. The photography and sound quality are first rate, and the music is a joy from start to finish. Erroll's piano playing is truly astounding and confounding, and it's easy to see here how he inspired one English fan to say to him, breathlessly, after one of his London concerts, "Mr. Garner! Mr. Garner! What you're doing just can't be done!!!!" Highest recommendation.
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I have a large collection of Erroll's albums, so seeing him in action is a treat. I love the camera word, and even the fact that the two performances - one month apart - were shot in black and white. The Belgium performance was recorded in December 1963 and the Sweden gig in January 1964. The contrasts and shadings captured by the camera are nearly as beautiful as the music itself.

J Scott Morrison's very helpful November 10, 2009 review provides the set list for each performance, and my own inadequate words cannot begin to convey the music. I will say, though, that I enjoyed studying Eddie Calhoun on bass and Kelly Martin on drums. In fact, the way they locked in and supported Erroll is like getting an advanced lesson in jazz performance, and as a drummer I gained a lot of interesting ideas from Martin's very tasteful drumming.

If you are an Erroll Garner fan this is a wonderful video of him in action. If you are a jazz musician the playing by the entire trio is both inspiring and a learning experience. And if you are a pianist I am sure this can be both exhilarating and humbling. Another video I highly recommend is Erroll Garner - In Performance that was shot for BBC's Jazz 625 later in 1964. It is as enjoyable (and inspiring) as this one.
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Beyond the outstanding inventive musical genius of Erroll Garner, he sometimes adds a touch of real magic as, without ever looking at the
keyboard, hits complete marvels of melodic variations and rhythms, as if he does not touch Keys, but finds Every combination of Sounds, as
if he and his fingers memorized their exact place since childhood. He is the true originator of musical wonder beyond rational understanding,
with only our grateful, stunned appreciation sought and granted.
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When I hear the song or recall the Clint Eastwood film it's tough not to remember the gentle jazz giant who flawlessly performed it. Now it's available for us all to re-enjoy and/or introduce to younger generations who have never heard anything beside an amplified guitar. And what a wonderful body of work Mr. Garner offers beyond his signature song. Standards such as I Get A Kick Out of You, Fly Me To The Moon, Sweet and Lovely, It Might As Well Be Spring, Where or When, Thanks for the Memories, Where Your Lover Has Gone, Mambo Erroll, My Funny Valentine, One- Not Samba. Truly romantic jazz from a master keyboardist accompanied by bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Kelly Martin. B& W. 60 minutes.
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