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That's My Kick/Gemini

April 28, 2009

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Label: Telarc
  • Copyright: (C) 1994 Telarc
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  • Total Length: 1:14:30
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  • ASIN: B0027JAH5A
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,870 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Garner fuses his signature sound, with a bit of Latin tinged soul Jazz funkyness... and it fits in just perfectly.
Eddie Landsberg
When all is said and done these two sessions from 1967 and 1972 respectively, represent some of the very best of Garner's later work.
Fabricio Monteagudo
This is just one example of the effort Garner puts into making every track have its own identity and special flourish.
Daniel G. Carlin

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Carlin on June 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
For those who aren't familiar with him, Erroll Garner was a true original. His slightly off-rhythm playing style, his occasional mumbles and grumbles during his solos, and his impeccable sense of melody all made him one of the great jazz pianist of all time. He never really originated a definable style such as Bird did for bop or Miles with modal jazz, or for that matter even fit into a particular movement, which could explain the fact that he never quite attained superstar status. Instead Garner always did his own thing, and it was never in better motion than on this excellent double CD.
"That's My Kick" and "Gemini" were two independently released LPs that are now, by virtue of their length and musical compatibility, put together on one CD. The sound is clear and warm, and Garner's energy is infectious on every track. Garner's pattern is generally to open with a quirky phrase or riff, then to settle into a steady groove on top of which he can fling his offbeat and often virtuosic solos.
So many of the songs are standards, and part of the fun is hearing the way Garner masterfully weaves variations around the main theme, garnishing it with all kinds of musical flourishes, and always making it hipper than it originally was. A great example is "Autumn Leaves," in which Garner stretches the 4/4 time to the absolute limit, making the theme swing as much as humanly possible. These two albums are also remarkable for being so consistently original and enjoyable to listen to--there is hardly a down track on this disc, and there are some absolute gems.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Fabricio Monteagudo on December 9, 2003
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This two-album, single-CD package is a must-have for all Garner fans. On the first album, there are six Garner tunes, most of them new with the exception of a gorgeous 1945 gem from his earliest years, "Gaslight". The others are "Nervous Waltz" with a most humorous Bud Powell-inflected intro before the main theme and after the main theme, the rest as they say, is history. What a swinging even bluesy waltz!! His treatment of "Autumn Leaves" is particularly exhilarating especially when towards the end Jose Mangual sparks a few encouraging conga explosions to get the group more fired up in a more authentic Latin groove to end the track. Garner's treatment of Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So" is most certainly a great demonstration of the art of the groove. Erroll Garner also had a great knack for transforming rather corny and uninteresting tunes (much like Louis Armstrong) and turn them into sparkling gems as in his superb, swinging version of "More".
On the second album "Gemini", there are several facets of Garner's talent presented in all their glory. First, his talent for updating warhorses such as his amazingly toe-tapping version of "How High The Moon" that includes a final chorus that sounds like an actual chase that seems almost impossible to achieve. Then again we are talking about the inscrutable genius of Erroll Garner. Among the corniest tunes ever written, "When a Gypsy Makes His Violin Cry" in the hands of Garner becomes spellbinding magic and demonstrates Garner expertise once again on the art of the groove, this time an infectious and seductive groove.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Everett on July 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Of my three favorite Erroll Garner CDs ("Jazz Round Midnight" and "This Is Jazz" are the others) this one is the most rhythmically exciting. It has more of the "live" feeling wherein Erroll seems to experiment more while joyfully grunting his satisfaction at his own innovative talent. In this crisply-recorded CD he's just having a helluva good time tossing his spine-tingling perfection all over the place ("Autumn Leaves") and while many of the selections really jump ("How High The Moon" and surprisingly enough "More") he also slows the pace to a sentimental stroll by the lake in his magnificent "Gaslight" - for my money as hauntingly memorable as his classic "Misty". This is the incomparable Garner at his full range and power. Trust me, if you love great jazz in all its tempos you'll LOVE this fabulous CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By New Yawkuh on May 23, 2004
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This is not subtle, introspective, multilayered music, just best-of-type seriously infectious good timey playing guaranteed to raise your mood. A desert island disk, because it can be played over and over (if you like this sort of thing, also check out Eddie Jefferson).
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