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Swinging Solos + Soliloquy Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 7, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B003H5L694
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,558 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered two-fer containing a pair of long unavailable LPs by the great Erroll Garner: Swinging Solos and Soliloquy. The first album appears here on CD in its complete form for the first time ever. With the exception of the two final tracks here, both LPs were recorded during the same February 6, 1957 session, which is compiled here in its entirety. Includes 12-page booklet. Essential Jazz Classics. 2010.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jsa on January 10, 2013
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There's no shortage of fine Erroll Garner recordings to choose from, but this reissue of "Swinging Solos" and"Soliloquy" has much to recommend it. First, Garner is on his own, which is the way I prefer him. He was an incredibly inventive artist and when he sat down at the piano and relied entirely on his own resources, the results were a smorgasbord of the imagination. His embellishments were truly remarkable, sounding improvised right on the spot. Ideas weren't repeated, everything was unique, all hallmarks of a truly original musical mind. Remarkable too was Garner's ability to spin out a wide variety of tunes in a recording session and end up with an album or two consisting entirely of error-free single takes, as was the case with "Swinging Solos" and Soliloquy," both recorded for Columbia February 6, 1957.

While "Swinging Solos + Soliloquy" isn't without a couple of faults (the first track, to name one, is a prime example of Garner's occasional difficulty opening or closing a song), it's still every bit the equal of Garner's other (indispensable) solo records: Solo Time! The Erroll Garner Collection Vols. 4 & 5 and Erroll Garner - Afternoon of an Elf - Complete recordings (+Solitaire & Errol).

From a production angle, this is a first class reissue in every way. It's jammed with seventy-eight minutes of music and comes with a fine set of liner notes including the original Martha Glaser-George Avakian notes that accompanied the "Soliloquy" LP. Included too is a perceptive "Downbeat" review by Don Gold.

Five stars.
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