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    Posted: 10 Aug 2016 at 8:57am

Last fall the pianist Erroll Garner achieved a rare posthumous distinction when “The Complete Concert by the Sea” entered the Billboard Jazz Albums chart at No. 1. A restored and expanded version of “Concert by the Sea” — the 1956 release that solidified Garner’s popular image, and one of the best-selling jazz albums in history — it featured 11 previously unissued tracks and a greatly improved sound mix in a three-CD boxed set.

It was the first tangible byproduct of an intense archival effort around the music of Garner, who died in 1977, leaving many unheard recordings and ephemera behind. Now the same team of producers have put together a follow-up: “Ready Take One,” a compilation of studio tracks recorded between 1967 and 1971, when Garner was a worldwide concert attraction.

Slated for release on Legacy Recordings on Sept. 30, the album features newly unearthed versions of familiar tunes as well as six originals that have never been released — like “Wild Music,” a staple of Garner’s live repertory at the time, recorded with a quartet featuring Ernest McCarty Jr. on bass, Jimmie Smith on drums and José Mangual on congas. ...

“Ready Take One” was named after a cue often spoken from the recording booth by Martha Glaser, who served as Garner’s manager, producer, protector and business partner. The album’s producers, Peter Lockhart, Steve Rosenthal and Geri Allen, chose to include studio banter on the new release, so you hear her saying the line before most tracks, and occasionally some other bit of dialogue. “You got it that time!” she praises the band after a take of “Chase Me,” a brisk number that’s among the songs making their official studio debut.

Among the other newly available originals are a sparkling ballad, “Back to You,” and a slinky boogaloo of sorts titled “High Wire.” There are also new versions of staples like “Misty,” Garner’s signature ballad, and “(I’m) Confessin’ (That I Love You).”

And the Juan Tizol-Duke Ellington tune “Caravan,” which served as a discovery and highlight of “The Complete Concert By the Sea,” resurfaces here in a different arrangement, opening with a clockwork chime before shifting into propulsive gear.

from www.nytimes.com

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