ERROLL GARNER

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Erroll Garner (1921–1977) was a U.S. jazz pianist and composer, whose distinctive and melodic style brought him both popular acclaim and the admiration of his peers.

Erroll Louis Garner was born on 15th June 1921 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and began playing the piano at the age of three. At the age of seven he began appearing on radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh with a group called the Candy Kids. By the age of eleven he was playing on the Allegheny riverboats. At the age of fourteen in 1937 he joined local saxophonist Leroy Brown.

He played locally in the shadow of his older pianist brother, Linton Garner, and moved to New York in 1944. He briefly worked with the bassist Slam Stewart, and though not a bebop musician, in 1947 he played with Charlie Parker on the famous "Cool Blues" session. Although his admission to the Pittsburgh music union was
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ERROLL GARNER albums / top albums

ERROLL GARNER Erroll Garner By Gas Light album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Erroll Garner By Gas Light
Swing 1949
ERROLL GARNER Piano Moods album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano Moods
Swing 1950
ERROLL GARNER Rhapsody – 10 of his Greatest Piano Improvisations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rhapsody – 10 of his Greatest Piano Improvisations
Swing 1950
ERROLL GARNER Playing Piano Solos (aka At The Piano, Vol. 1) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Playing Piano Solos (aka At The Piano, Vol. 1)
Swing 1950
ERROLL GARNER Playing Piano Solos, Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Playing Piano Solos, Vol. 2
Swing 1950
ERROLL GARNER Playing Piano Solos, Vol. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Playing Piano Solos, Vol. 3
Swing 1950
ERROLL GARNER Playing Piano Solos, Vol. 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Playing Piano Solos, Vol. 4
Swing 1951
ERROLL GARNER Gems (aka The Garner Touch) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gems (aka The Garner Touch)
Swing 1951
ERROLL GARNER Gene Norman Presents 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gene Norman Presents "Just Jazz"
Swing 1951
ERROLL GARNER Piano Solos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano Solos
Swing 1951
ERROLL GARNER Solo Flight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solo Flight
Swing 1952
ERROLL GARNER Piano Stylist album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano Stylist
Swing 1952
ERROLL GARNER Erroll Garner at the Piano (aka Piano) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Erroll Garner at the Piano (aka Piano)
Swing 1952
ERROLL GARNER Piano Solos Vol.2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano Solos Vol.2
Swing 1952
ERROLL GARNER Gone With Garner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gone With Garner
Swing 1952
ERROLL GARNER Overture to Dawn, Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Overture to Dawn, Vol. 1
Swing 1952
ERROLL GARNER Overture to Dawn, Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Overture to Dawn, Vol. 2
Swing 1952
ERROLL GARNER Passport to Fame album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Passport to Fame
Swing 1952
ERROLL GARNER music maestro, please album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
music maestro, please
Swing 1952
ERROLL GARNER Plays For Dancing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays For Dancing
Swing 1953
ERROLL GARNER Erroll Garner (aka At The Piano) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Erroll Garner (aka At The Piano)
Swing 1953
ERROLL GARNER Overture To Dawn, Volume 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Overture To Dawn, Volume 3
Swing 1953
ERROLL GARNER Overture To Dawn Vol.4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Overture To Dawn Vol.4
Swing 1953
ERROLL GARNER Overture To Dawn Volume 5 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Overture To Dawn Volume 5
Swing 1953
ERROLL GARNER Garnering album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Garnering
Swing 1954
ERROLL GARNER Gone-Garner-Gonest (aka  Magic Keys) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gone-Garner-Gonest (aka Magic Keys)
Swing 1955
ERROLL GARNER Penthouse Serenade (aka Plays - Vol. 1) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Penthouse Serenade (aka Plays - Vol. 1)
Swing 1955
ERROLL GARNER Serenade To Laura (aka Plays Vol. 2) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Serenade To Laura (aka Plays Vol. 2)
Swing 1955
ERROLL GARNER Garnerland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Garnerland
Swing 1955
ERROLL GARNER Mambo Moves Garner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mambo Moves Garner
Swing 1955
ERROLL GARNER Solitaire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solitaire
Swing 1955
ERROLL GARNER Afternoon Of An Elf album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Afternoon Of An Elf
Swing 1955
ERROLL GARNER Contrasts (aka Erroll Garner Plays) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Contrasts (aka Erroll Garner Plays)
Swing 1955
ERROLL GARNER The Greatest Garner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Greatest Garner
Swing 1956
ERROLL GARNER Erroll Garner Plays 0.00 | 0 ratings
Erroll Garner Plays "Star Dust" (aka Errol Garner Plays All Time Hits)
Swing 1956
ERROLL GARNER He's Here! He's Gone! He's Garner! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
He's Here! He's Gone! He's Garner!
Swing 1956
ERROLL GARNER After Midnight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
After Midnight
Swing 1956
ERROLL GARNER Erroll album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Erroll
Swing 1957
ERROLL GARNER The Most Happy Piano album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Most Happy Piano
Swing 1957
ERROLL GARNER Other Voices album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Other Voices
Swing 1957
ERROLL GARNER Groovin' High album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Groovin' High
Swing 1957
ERROLL GARNER Paris Impressions vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paris Impressions vol. 1
Swing 1958
ERROLL GARNER Encores In Hi Fi album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Encores In Hi Fi
Swing 1958
ERROLL GARNER Errol Garner Plays album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Errol Garner Plays
Swing 1958
ERROLL GARNER Paris Impressions - Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paris Impressions - Vol. 1
Swing 1958
ERROLL GARNER Garner In Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Garner In Paris
Swing 1958
ERROLL GARNER Soliloquy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soliloquy
Swing 1958
ERROLL GARNER Paris Impressions - Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paris Impressions - Vol. 2
Swing 1958
ERROLL GARNER Swinging Solos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swinging Solos
Swing 1960
ERROLL GARNER The One And Only Erroll Garner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The One And Only Erroll Garner
Swing 1960
ERROLL GARNER Erroll Garner Plays Misty (aka Misty aka Erroll Garner(Amiga)) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Erroll Garner Plays Misty (aka Misty aka Erroll Garner(Amiga))
Swing 1961
ERROLL GARNER Dreamstreet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dreamstreet
Swing 1961
ERROLL GARNER The Provocative Erroll Garner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Provocative Erroll Garner
Swing 1961
ERROLL GARNER Close-Up In Swing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Close-Up In Swing
Swing 1961
ERROLL GARNER Informal Piano Improvisations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Informal Piano Improvisations
Swing 1962
ERROLL GARNER Erroll Garner With Full Orchestra Conducted By Leith Stevens ‎: Playing Music From The Paramount Motion Picture 0.00 | 0 ratings
Erroll Garner With Full Orchestra Conducted By Leith Stevens ‎: Playing Music From The Paramount Motion Picture "A New Kind Of Love"
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1963
ERROLL GARNER Serenade In Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Serenade In Blue
Swing 1964
ERROLL GARNER Now Playing: Erroll Garner - A Night At The Movies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Now Playing: Erroll Garner - A Night At The Movies
Swing 1965
ERROLL GARNER Now Playing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Now Playing
Swing 1965
ERROLL GARNER That's My Kick album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
That's My Kick
Swing 1967
ERROLL GARNER Up In Erroll's Room album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Up In Erroll's Room
Swing 1968
ERROLL GARNER One More Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One More Time
Swing 1968
ERROLL GARNER Feeling Is Believing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Feeling Is Believing
Swing 1970
ERROLL GARNER Gemini album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gemini
Swing 1972
ERROLL GARNER Magician album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Magician
Swing 1974
ERROLL GARNER Plays Gershwin & Kern album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays Gershwin & Kern
Swing 1976
ERROLL GARNER Yesterdays album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Yesterdays
Swing 1976
ERROLL GARNER Play, Piano, Play album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Play, Piano, Play
Swing 1978
ERROLL GARNER Ready Take One album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Ready Take One
Hard Bop 2016

ERROLL GARNER EPs & splits

ERROLL GARNER Separate Keyboards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Separate Keyboards
Swing 1955
ERROLL GARNER Erroll Garner, Billy Taylor ‎: Back To Back album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Erroll Garner, Billy Taylor ‎: Back To Back
Swing 1955
ERROLL GARNER Erroll Garner & Pete Johnson ‎: Jazz Piano - Starring album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Erroll Garner & Pete Johnson ‎: Jazz Piano - Starring
Swing 1956
ERROLL GARNER Erroll Garner / Marian McPartland / Mary Lou Williams ‎: Piano Variations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Erroll Garner / Marian McPartland / Mary Lou Williams ‎: Piano Variations
Swing 1958

ERROLL GARNER live albums

ERROLL GARNER Concert by the Sea (aka Eroll Garner) album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Concert by the Sea (aka Eroll Garner)
Swing 1956
ERROLL GARNER Early Erroll album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Early Erroll
Swing 1957
ERROLL GARNER One World Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One World Concert
Swing 1963
ERROLL GARNER Amsterdam Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Amsterdam Concert
Swing 1964
ERROLL GARNER Campus Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Campus Concert
Swing 1966
ERROLL GARNER Nightconcert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nightconcert
Bop 2018

ERROLL GARNER demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

ERROLL GARNER re-issues & compilations

ERROLL GARNER Coctail Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Coctail Time
Swing 1954
ERROLL GARNER Play It Again, Erroll! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Play It Again, Erroll!
Swing 1975
ERROLL GARNER Eroll's A Garner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eroll's A Garner
Swing 1986
ERROLL GARNER Compact Jazz CrO2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Compact Jazz CrO2
Swing 1987
ERROLL GARNER Long Ago And Far Away album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Long Ago And Far Away
Swing 1988
ERROLL GARNER The Errol Garner Collection - 2 - Dancing On The Ceiling album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Errol Garner Collection - 2 - Dancing On The Ceiling
Swing 1989
ERROLL GARNER The Errol Garner Collection  4 & 5 - Solo Time! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Errol Garner Collection 4 & 5 - Solo Time!
Swing 1990
ERROLL GARNER Jazz 'Round Midnight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz 'Round Midnight
Swing 1990
ERROLL GARNER Body & Soul album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Body & Soul
Swing 1991
ERROLL GARNER The Essence Of Erroll Garner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Essence Of Erroll Garner
Swing 1994
ERROLL GARNER Verve Jazz Masters 7 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Verve Jazz Masters 7
Swing 1994
ERROLL GARNER The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1944-1945 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1944-1945
Swing 1994
ERROLL GARNER Night and Day album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Night and Day
Swing 1994
ERROLL GARNER The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1944, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1944, Volume 2
Swing 1995
ERROLL GARNER The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1944, Volume 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1944, Volume 3
Swing 1995
ERROLL GARNER Magician & Gershwin & Kern album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Magician & Gershwin & Kern
Swing 1995
ERROLL GARNER Now Playing: A Night at the Movies & Up in Erroll's Room album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Now Playing: A Night at the Movies & Up in Erroll's Room
Swing 1996
ERROLL GARNER This is Jazz 13 - Errol Garner album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
This is Jazz 13 - Errol Garner
Swing 1996
ERROLL GARNER Humoresque (1953-1956) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Humoresque (1953-1956)
Swing 1996
ERROLL GARNER Closeup in Swing and a New Kind of Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Closeup in Swing and a New Kind of Love
Swing 1997
ERROLL GARNER The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1945-1946 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1945-1946
Swing 1997
ERROLL GARNER The Complete Savoy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Savoy
Swing 1998
ERROLL GARNER The Complete Savoy Master Takes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Savoy Master Takes
Swing 1998
ERROLL GARNER The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1946-1947 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1946-1947
Swing 1998
ERROLL GARNER Masters of Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Masters of Jazz
Swing 1999
ERROLL GARNER The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes, Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes, Volume 1
Swing 1999
ERROLL GARNER Erroll Garner On Dial: The Complete Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Erroll Garner On Dial: The Complete Sessions
Swing 1999
ERROLL GARNER The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1947-1949 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1947-1949
Swing 2000
ERROLL GARNER The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1949 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1949
Swing 2001
ERROLL GARNER The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1949, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1949, Volume 2
Swing 2002
ERROLL GARNER The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1949-1950 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1949-1950
Swing 2002
ERROLL GARNER The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1950 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1950
Swing 2002
ERROLL GARNER The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1950-1951 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1950-1951
Swing 2003
ERROLL GARNER I'm in the Mood for Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I'm in the Mood for Love
Swing 2003
ERROLL GARNER Portrait album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Portrait
Swing 2003
ERROLL GARNER Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trio
Swing 2004
ERROLL GARNER The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1951-1952 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1951-1952
Swing 2004
ERROLL GARNER The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1952-1953 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1952-1953
Swing 2004
ERROLL GARNER Misty album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Misty
Swing 2005
ERROLL GARNER The Savoy Recordings - Part 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Savoy Recordings - Part 1
Swing 2006
ERROLL GARNER The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1953-1954 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chronological Classics: Erroll Garner 1953-1954
Swing 2006
ERROLL GARNER Cherchez La Femme (1944-1954) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cherchez La Femme (1944-1954)
Swing 2007
ERROLL GARNER Erroll Garner Trio - The Most Happy Piano (The 1956 Studio Sessions) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Erroll Garner Trio - The Most Happy Piano (The 1956 Studio Sessions)
Swing 2010
ERROLL GARNER The Complete Concert by The Sea album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Concert by The Sea
Swing 2015

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ERROLL GARNER Ready Take One

Album · 2016 · Hard Bop
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When Erroll Garner’s long time agent, Martha Glaser, passed away in 2014, she donated her archive of unreleased Garner recordings to the University of Pittsburg. In 2016, Glaser’s niece, Susan Rosenberg, began to release those recordings to the public, with the first installment being the CD/LP, “Ready Take One”. Its great that Garner is getting a second shot at recognition as his legacy has faded a bit over the years, an undeserved fade at that because one listen to “Ready Take One” will convince any music fan that Garner was a remarkable genius blessed with a technique that is very difficult to imitate.

Erroll came up during the swing/stride era, when pianists were expected to imitate an orchestra with a big full two handed approach, much different from today’s post bop world (with Matthew Shipp and a few others being an exception), where a more minimal and lyrical approach dominates. When bebop came along in the 40s, Garner willingly participated, but always kept his original older style intact. What is interesting about the recordings on “Ready Take One”, all of which were made in the late 60s, is that apparently Garner did take an interest in 60s soul jazz, with many of his originals on here sounding a lot like Les McCann or Gene Harris, but with Erroll’s very personal approach. A lot of fans of jazz piano probably didn’t even know that Garner played in this soul style, which is all part of the revelatory nature of these previously unreleased recordings.

If you are looking for an introduction to Garner’s music, this CD would be a great place to start, with about half of the tunes being classic standards in the older swing style, and the other half being more modern originals in the 60s soul style. Both styles blend well as Garner displays his formidable technique based around his ability to play in one time signature in the left hand, while another in the right. Throughout this album, Garner’s rhythmic sophistication is mind boggling and will have many aspiring pianists thinking they will never achieve these heights. None of this music sounds overly technical though, in his heart Garner was always a bit of a pop musician who loved to entertain with a generous, gregarious attitude often missing from today’s pianists. Another salient feature to Garner’s playing are his solo intros to the tunes that often pull from modern concert hall music. For instance, the opening to “Chase Me’ almost sounds like Schoenberg, while the opening to “Wild Music” may remind some of Rachmaninoff.

All of the cuts on here are outstanding, with some of the best being the almost avant-garde take on “Caravan”, and the sublimely beautiful original bluesy ballad, “Back to You”. It doesn’t hurt that the recoding quality of all these tracks is quite good.

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