Erroll Garner - In Performance
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Rare performances circa 1964 from BBC-TV by renowned pianist and composer of "Misty," Erroll Garner, digitally re-mastered and available for the first time on DVD.
Pianist Erroll Garner's sheer ebullience, virtuoso technique, and endless flow of ideas are all on hand in these two 1964 performances (totaling 72 minutes) taken from the archives of the BBC. Although players like Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner were moving jazz piano in entirely new directions by that time, Garner's jaunty, florid playing, with its elements of ragtime, stride, and other old-fashioned styles, seems to exist in another world. It's an entertaining world, though, as he makes his way through a repertoire consisting largely of standards like "Just One of Those Things," "Laura," "Lover," "Honeysuckle Rose," and such, most of them featuring Garner's inimitably imaginative introductions. However, although he wrote the tune, he won't play "Misty" for you; that classic appears here only as an audio-only bonus track, an inexplicable move roughly akin to Tony Bennett not singing "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" or Tiny Tim foregoing "Tiptoe Through the Tulips." --Sam GrahamSee all Editorial Reviews
- Bonus audio track of "Misty"
- Photo gallery
- Songs: Just One of Those Things, Dreamy, What Is This Thing Called Love, Spring Is Here/It Might as Well Be Spring, Lover, Laura, Sonny Boy, Erroll's Theme, Honeysuckle Rose, No More Shadows, Mambo Erroll, Penthouse Serenade, Jeannine (I Dream of Lilac Time), On the Street Where You Live/I Could Have Danced All Night, All Yours, The Lady Is a Tramp, Erroll's Theme
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No doubt, there will never be another Eroll Garner... and I don't know whether to say its a darn shame... or to simply say, Thank God there simple WAS an Erroll Garner. Its true... the piano *was* invented for him... and if you're not yet convinced, this video will do nothing to dispel the myth... only make it larger !
My mentor's (Mr. Garner's) recording is presented with class, pride, and an endearment to his music and piano, as witnessed on this DVD, which is to me a most treasurable (and invaluable) piece of item I AM SO PROUD TO OWN. Thanks to the executors for the fond memories captured and recorded on DVD!! Many thanks to them. **AB**