Magician/Gershwin and Kern

April 28, 2009 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Label: Telarc
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Telarc
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  • Total Length: 1:15:37
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  • ASIN: B0027JAH7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,922 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I'm forever grateful for the music he left behind.
Freddie Green ----- CoeZ2@aol.com
Wait till you hear it!!" Sadly, we will never know what that music might have been.
Fabricio Monteagudo
Erroll Garner swings this album to gloriuos, outrageous, joyous heights.
Jazz Pianist

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Freddie Green ----- CoeZ2@aol.com on December 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Garner is pure magic on this cd. A piano player who's grace and style remains unmatched. Take a good listen to the song "Nightwind". It's a pure treasure in the "Misty" tridition. For a little laugh catch "Nice Work if You Can Get It". This short number was never available on the orginal LP,and you hear Erroll sing (how often do you hear that),and even cracks himself up at the end. Erroll Garner was born June 15, 1921 and died January 2, 1977 at the all too young age of 55. Noboby did it better. I'm forever grateful for the music he left behind.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Fabricio Monteagudo on March 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Garner recorded his last album, MAGICIAN in October of 1973 at the age of 52 (and died at 55 in January of 1977).
This album proves that he was moving ever forward in his
playing. It demonstrates how much his style evolved since the
mid-1940s. It also demonstrates that his compositional gift
was expanding in its sheer variety of influences (it was not just swing anymore, he touched Latin with both a hybrid Cuban
or Brazilian feel, even a gospel-music tinged composition. It has been reported that just a few days before passing away he said that "only the tip of the iceberg was showing and that he had a head full of music.Wait till you hear it!!" Sadly, we will never know what that music might have been. The beauty of Garner's talent while he was alive, though, was that sense of surprise that would make you wonder where his fantastic imagination would take him across the piano. (And of course, the results were always and continue to be delightful and transcendentally joyful to our ears!!)
Check out his fantastically romping version of the Carpenters' ballad "(They Long To Be) Close To You" complete with a typically humurous introduction by Garner before he plays the main theme and grooves like only he could. His first composition on the album is a great slow medium blues with an
appropriate title for how the Garner style had developed during the previous thirty years, "It Gets Better Every Time". It is blues with unusually captivating harmonic richness with piano voicings reminiscent of some of the late blues compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington. Gershwin's "Someone To Watch Over Me" is given fresh treatment as a tightly grooving bossa nova. Dig his uncanny sense of rhythm on this one!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jazz Pianist on March 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Erroll Garner swings this album to gloriuos, outrageous, joyous heights. Listen to his amazing re-creation of the Carpenters classic "Close to You"; it swings so unbelievably hard and is the epitome of stunningly, dazzlingly "hip". It is impossible to sit still during this and very many other tracks on this remarkable disc. Then Mr. G will turn around and play something as meltingly beautiful and exquisitely tender as "Love Walked In". Gifted as a Mozart, Erroll Garner had something none of the rest of them had, and truly "strode like a colossus among pygmies." Jazz truthfully doesn't get any better than this.
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I am very happy with the sound quality on this CD, even though it is not from a major recording label. I think it sounds better than the major label CDs for "Concert By The Sea" and "Body & Soul," which are both from the Columbia Jazz Masterpieces series.

This CD is a combined CD of two separate Erroll Garner albums, originally released in his lifetime, "Magician" and "Gershwin & Kern." Erroll covers plenty of well-known tunes on this CD, not songs that Erroll made famous, but he plays songs that other folks made famous. On this CD, he often starts out by doing some discordant jazz tinkling, then sliding into the well-known tune, and staying in tune for the rest of the song. There is plenty of Erroll's famous mumbling in the background, for those who enjoy his irreverence. The mumbling is there if you listen for it, but not loud enough to distract from the piano playing. Erroll's mumbling makes the piano playing more enjoyable, as every Erroll Garner fan already knows.

What sets this apart from the Columbia albums that I mentioned is that the bass and percussion are recorded and mixed better than on "Concert by the Sea" and "Body & Soul," in comparison. "Concert by the Sea" and "Body & Soul" feature bass and percussion that sounds muted, if it was even recorded nicely to begin with, they sound as though they only exist if the piano microphone accidentally recorded them.

"Magician/Gershwin & Kern" has good audio separation between the different musicians. It is still mostly Erroll's piano, but the bass and drummer sound like they were recorded and mixed separately. You will even hear an organ in the background on occasion.

This is a pretty interesting Erroll Garner CD that will provide over an hour of enjoyable listening. I listen to it in the car with my dad, the true Erroll Garner fan in my family. He seems to enjoy it as much as any other Erroll Garner album.
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