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ERROLL GARNER

Erroll Garner is one of the most distinctive pianists of the jazz genre. Other than Thelonious Monk, no one is more identifiable or harder to imitate. A self-taught virtuoso, Garner devised a solo style that eliminated rhythm accompaniment. His hands worked totally independent of each other. With block chords he set the rhythmic tempo in his left hand, and with his right, he embellished on the tune, taking liberties with melody and time, often lagging behind the beat. Some jazz purists dismissed him because he maintained his style throughout his career and enjoyed popularity unknown to most jazz artists. But Garner’s interpretive abilities and technical superiority cannot be denied.

He made frequent TV appearances, toured five continents, fronted major symphony orchestras, and composed film scores. His compositions were for jazz piano, but in 1962, when Johnny Burke added lyrics to “Misty,” Garner’s 1954 tune soared in popularity and entered the jazz standard repertoire.

Garner began his professional career at seven, playing with the Candy Kids, and at 16 he joined the Leroy Brown band. In 1944-45 he played in a trio with bassist Slam Stewart and guitarist Tiny Grimes before setting off on his solo career.

During the ‘60s Garner established his own record label. These LP’s have been reissued on CD by Telarc and reveal Garner’s sense of humor. The title cut of That’s My Kick is a new composition based on the changes of “I Get a Kick Out of You”; the lounge set song, “More,” is remade into a burner; and Garner makes “Tea for Two” fresh, playing with the time against bongo accompaniment, and alternating between piano and harpsichord. Still, Concert By The Sea (1955) is the epitome of his artistry.

His older brother Linton, who died in 2003, was also an accomplished pianist, based in Vancouver, B.C.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
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Role: Non-Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
GARNER, Erroll: Erroll Garner Plays Misty (1953-1954) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120771
Jazz
GARNER, Erroll: Live in '63 and '64 (NTSC) Naxos
2.119021
Jazz DVD
GARNER, Erroll: Standards (1945-1949) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120661
Jazz
GARNER, Erroll: Yesterdays (1944-1949) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120528
Jazz
GIANTS OF JAZZ Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120756-57
Jazz
JAZZ ICONS SERIES 4 BOX SET (NTSC) Naxos
2.108003
Jazz DVD
JAZZ LEGENDS - Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller Naxos Jazz Legends
8.102002
Jazz

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
129TH ARMY BAND: 129th Army Band Altissimo
75442261232
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Clarinet Evergreens Naxos
8.553427
Chamber Music
GARNER, Erroll: Erroll Garner Plays Misty (1953-1954) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120771
Jazz
GARNER, Erroll: Yesterdays (1944-1949) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120528
Jazz
LADIES ONLY - Classics Naxos
8.520030
Chamber Music
Ladies Only Cafe Strings: Angel Eyes Naxos
8.557177
Chamber Music
LOEKI STARDUST COLLECTION (Loeki Stardust Quartet) Newton Classics
NC8802044
Cross-Over
Music For Lonely Lovers Naxos International
8.990022
Orchestral
Vocal Recital: Mattila, Karita - WAGNER, R. / DVORAK, A. / VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. / SIBELIUS, J. / MARTENSON, L. (The Irresistible Karita Mattila) Ondine
ODE1171-2
Contemporary Jazz

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