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Jazz - Released September 18, 2015 | Columbia - Legacy

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Jazz - Released January 26, 1995 | Columbia

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Jazz - Released July 13, 2018 | Mack Avenue Records

With the help of the label Mack Avenue, Octave Music pursues its publishing of brand new or rare recordings from Erroll Garner, with this time a live at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on November 7, 1964 called Nightconcert. Helped by Eddie Calhoun’s double bass and Kelly Martin’s drums, the pianists covers here gems drawn from the Great American Songbook. We may have heard a thousand times Over the Rainbow, Night And Day, My Funny Valentine, On Green Dolphin Street or Laura, we definitely enjoy them once again thanks to this jazz whose swing has been magnified. And as always with Garner, offering such a wide palette of colors with only three people is nothing short of a miracle. We go from a chamber intimacy to virtuoso fireworks, from stripped-down subtleties to rhythmic uppercuts. At the heart of this voluble and infectious swing, Garner fans will be happy to find here the rare That Amsterdam Swing… After The Complete Concert by the Sea in 2015 and Ready Take One in 2016, this is a third unmissable archive. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

Jazz - Released September 30, 2016 | Octave Music Licensing, LLC


Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released January 11, 2011 | SendDigital


Jazz - Released July 24, 2015 | Saar srl


Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released March 22, 1991 | Columbia


Jazz - Released September 5, 2011 | Efor, S.L

Jazz - Released July 1, 2009 | Savoy Jazz

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Does it get any better than this? The nearly two hours of music on this double CD set covers Erroll Garner's complete released output for Savoy from January 1945 -- where he was part of the Slam Stewart Quartet -- through the summer of 1949. All of it has been transferred off original acetate sources and very carefully CEDAR-ized to bring out the musical detail in preference to the noise inherent in the masters, and the result is one up-close-and-personal get-together between one's ears and his piano, with bassist John Simmons and drummers Alvin Stoller or Jesse Price providing the underlying beat. From his dazzling first recording of "Laura" through the quieter joys of "I Only Have Eyes for You" (the only rendition that ever eclipsed the Flamingos' more extroverted version as this writer's favorite, with its quietly ornate glory) to "Stormy Weather," the material here is priceless in its alternately serene and playful elegance, and also one of the best cases (if one were still needed) for digital audio and CD playback -- this music is all too quiet to be interfered with by the flaws in vinyl, to be fully appreciated. The annotation is also extremely thorough, and the entire set is a must-own piece for fans of the pianist, or the piano. ~ Bruce Eder

Jazz - Released October 24, 2000 | Dreyfus Jazz


Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released April 9, 1987 | Columbia

Concert by the Sea is certainly one of the biggest albums in jazz history, selling over 225,000 copies in the first year after its 1956 release and turning into such a steady seller over the next few years, it reportedly brought Columbia Records a million dollars by 1958 -- a nice sum at any time but astronomical in the late '50s. It should've turned Erroll Garner into a full-fledged superstar and, in a way, it did, because it was a reliable catalog item and earned him plenty of fans, including Johnny Carson, who frequently invited the pianist onto The Tonight Show. Instead, Concert by the Sea turned into a pinnacle, with Garner and manager Martha Glaser sliding into contractual battles with Columbia that hampered his long-term growth. Glaser is the one who had the idea to turn the tapes of Garner's September 19, 1955 concert at the Sunset School in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California into a full-fledged album, taking tapes that may have otherwise wound up as a bootleg and turning them over to Columbia. The label whittled the 19-song concert into an 11-track single LP -- Columbia/Legacy's 2015 The Complete Concert by the Sea restores the entirety of the concert over the course of two CDs, adding the original LP as a third -- and, by doing so, they wound up distilling Garner's joyous appeal. Supported by bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Denzil Best, Garner seems at home skipping and swinging through a collection of bop and big-band standards, tunes that offer showcases for his sly skill of remaining melodic even when departing from the melody. Garner's playing is so robust and easy to enjoy that his flashier flourishes, such as the cloistered chords that call up "Caravan," almost seem camouflaged, but there are also subtler signatures, like how he slyly emphasizes staccato left-hand rhythms as much as the melody on "They Can't Take That Away from Me." These are distinctions that appear on close listening but the wonderful thing about Concert by the Sea is how it's so infectious and open-hearted, it almost defies inspection: it's the kind of warm, inviting music that seems born from joy and can't help but engender bliss in the listener. [The 2015 expansion offers simply more of a good thing: the rest of the concert is every bit as good as the selections that made the official LP.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Jazz - Released March 3, 2015 | Harlem Jazz Records


Lounge - Released September 17, 2014 | Jazz Pleasure


Jazz - Released October 31, 2005 | Dreyfus Jazz


Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released January 1, 2007 | Gambit Records


Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released August 21, 2006 | Saga


Jazz - Released January 1, 1962 | BnF Collection

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2000 | CoolNote


Jazz - Released September 11, 2012 | Matchless Collections


Pop/Rock - Released December 17, 1993 | Columbia