Erroll Garner Magician / Gershwin and Kern
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- Released: February 28, 1995
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Telarc
Down Beat - 9/95, p.384 Stars - Very Good - "...On some numbers he heaps on climbing superstructures of chords through which one may glimpse some cubist abstraction of the tune, then he cuts to a streamlined single note line that swings like mad. It's like a big band breaking for a solo..."
- 1.Close to You
- 2.It Gets Better Every Time
- 3.Someone to Watch over Me
- 4.Night Wind
- 5.One Good Turn
- 6.Watch What Happens
- 8.I Only Have Eyes for You
- 9.Mucho Gusto
- 10.Strike up the Band
- 11.Love Walked In
- 12.I Got Rhythm
- 13.Someone to Watch over Me
- 14.A Foggy Day
- 15.Nice Work If You Can Get It
- 16.Lovely to Look At
- 17.Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
- 18.Only Make Believe
- 19.Ol' Man River
- 20.Dearly Beloved
- 21.Why Do I Love You?
- 22.A Fine Romance
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2 LPs on 1 CD: MAGICIAN (1974)/GERSHWIN AND KERN (1976).
Includes liner notes by Donald Elfman and Martha Glaser.
Digitally remastered by Allan Tucker.
Personnel: Erroll Garner (piano); Norman Gold (organ); Bob Cranshaw (acoustic & electric basses); Jose Mangual (congas); Jackie Williams (tambourine); Grady Tate (percussion).
GERSHWIN AND KERN:
Personnel: Errol Garner (piano); Eddie Calhoun, Charles "Ike" Isaacs (bass); Kelly Martin, Jimmy Smith (drums); Jose Mangual (congas).
Two of Errol Garner's last albums, Magician and Gershwin and Kern, are reissued on this single CD. The pianist, heading trios or quartets, is in typically whimsical and hard-swinging form; he never did decline on record. The former session includes several of his originals plus versions of "Close to You" and "Watch What Happens" that manage to uplift those pop tunes; the latter date has consistently superior material. Garner's very spontaneous playing is as usual both unpredictable and quite accessible and these unedited performances were all first takes. No one ever really sounded like Erroll Garner and this highly enjoyable set of formerly rare material gives one a good example of his magical music. ~ Scott Yanow
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The Best of Errol's late recordings Music Lover: James DeForest from GREENVILLE, NY US -- November, 9, 2012
This two album release is, in my opinion, his best two recordings of his late period.
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