Thursday, 22 May 2014
Vinyl Feature: Erroll Garner - plays all-time hits
Erroll Garner was distinctive in the jazz world as being entirely unable to read music, and everything he played was from memory. Despite this he was called "one of the most distinctive of all pianists" and a "brilliant virtuoso" by Scott Yanow of Allmusic. He also was also, apparently, Johnny Carson's favourite jazz musician and appeared on the Johnny Carson show several times.
This particular album, "Erroll Garner plays all-time hits" was his 33rd album and has a wonderful collection of hits from the era reinterpreted and delivered in true Errol Garner jazz piano style. It was released in 1965.
Despite the very flashy yellow, red and black front cover the rear of the cover is a very dull black and white and only contains advertising for other albums under the "Famous Artists Series" and the assurance that "Fine records need not be expensive".
She's Funny That Way
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Red Sails In The Sunset
I Surrender Dear
I Can't Beleive That You're In Love With Me
Stompin' At The Savoy
If you can find a copy, this album is a real gem and is certainly worth having in your collection. Just a hint, there are several available for cheap from Discogs. I am not sponsored by Discogs in any way, I just like to help my favourite readers* towards a bargain. You know who you are!
*Anyone who visits and reads this blog. B-)