- Released: April 8, 2003
- Label: Verve
- 1.Oh, Lady, Be Good!
- 2.I've Got The World On A String
- 3.Russian Lullaby
- 5.Part-Time Blues
- 6.Don't Blame Me
- 7.Exactly Like You
- 8.Mambo Garner
- 9.All My Loves Are You
- 10.There's A Small Hotel
- 11.Night And Day
- 12.Embraceable You
- 13.In A Mellow Tone
- 14.Sweet And Lovely
- 16.Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?
Personnel: Errol Garner (piano); Red Callender, Wyatt Ruther (bass); Lou Singer, Eugene Heard (drums); Candido Camero (congas).
Producer: Martha Glaser.
Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between 1946 & 1955. Includes liner notes by Donald Elfman.
This is part of Verve's "Finest Hour" series.
Personnel: Erroll Garner (piano); Eugene "Fats" Heard, Lou Singer (drums); Candido Camero (congas).
Liner Note Author: Donald Elfman.
Recording information: Hollywood, CA (12/05/1945-03/14/1955); New York, NY (12/05/1945-03/14/1955); Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, IL (12/05/1945-03/14/1955).
Photographers: Rolf Amber; Herman Leonard.
Erroll Garner's Finest Hour contains tracks recorded by the pianist for Verve between 1945 and 1955, and truly does represent his best material for the imprint. This is where he developed his sublime melodic and harmonic improvisation technique. Cuts like "Embraceable You," with his fluid right hand dancing over the keys, or his nearly definitive reading of "Night and Day," and the shifty, rhythmic invention displayed on "Mambo Garner" are merely a few of the treats found on this wonderful side. ~ Thom Jurek