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Friday, 27 August 2010

Erroll Garner Trios - Encores In Hi Fi

(Columbia (USA) Monaural LP CL 1141, recorded 1958)

Erroll Garner was at the birth of bebop, even playing with the great Charlie Parker on "Cool Blues", but he really didn't fit into any kind of pigeonhole. An astonishingly gifted player, it's said that he never learned to read music, and was so diminutive that he needed at least the Manhattan telephone directory to augment the piano stool so he could reach the keys! His choice of repertoire here includes a humourous treatment of "Humoresque" by classical composer Anton Dvorak, Sir Charles Thompson and Illinois Jacquet's "Robbin's Nest", Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady", the well-travelled "Moonglow", Gershwin's "The Man I Love", "How High The Moon", and some of his own tunes, such as "Groovy Day", Fancy", and "Creme De Menthe".

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