Erroll Garner - In Performance

ISBN 13: 9780769722429

Erroll Garner - In Performance

 
9780769722429: 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.

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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 Graham

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Rare performances circa 1964 from BBC TV by renowned pianist and composer of "Misty," Erroll Garner, digitally remastered and available for the first time on video in North America. Includes one-of-a-kind improvised performances of classic standards and originals. Features Erroll Garner on piano with his able accompanists Kelly Martin on drums and Eddie Calhoun on bass. Also includes a rare bonus audio track of "Misty" and an Erroll Garner photo gallery. 72 minutes.

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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