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Erroll Garner

One of the most distinctive of all pianists, Erroll Garner proved that it was possible to be a sophisticated player without knowing how to read music, that a creative jazz musician can be very popular without watering down his music, and that it is possible to remain an enthusiastic player without changing one's style once it is formed. A brilliant virtuoso who sounded unlike anyone else, on medium tempo pieces, Erroll Garner often stated the beat with his left hand like a rhythm guitar while his right played chords slightly behind the beat, creating a memorable effect. His playful free-form introductions (which forced his sidemen to really listen), his ability to play stunning runs without once glancing at the keyboard, his grunting, and the pure joy that he displayed while performing were also part of the Erroll Garner magic.

Garner, whose older brother Linton was also a fine pianist, appeared on the radio with the Kan-D-Kids at the age of ten. After working locally in Pittsburgh, he moved to New York in 1944 and worked with Slam Stewart's trio during 1944-1945 before going out on his own. By 1946, Garner had his sound together, and when he backed Charlie Parker on his famous Cool Blues session of 1947, the pianist was already an obvious giant. His unclassifiable style had an orchestral approach straight from the swing era but was open to the innovations of bop. From the early '50s on, Garner's accessible style became very popular and he never seemed to have an off day up until his forced retirement (due to illness) in early 1975. His composition "Misty" became a standard. Garner, who had the ability to sit at the piano without prior planning and record three albums in one day (all colorful first takes), made many records throughout his career for such companies as Savoy, Mercury, RCA, Dial, Columbia, EmArcy, ABC-Paramount, MGM, Reprise, and his own Octave label. ~ Scott Yanow
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Misty

Disc 1

1. Misty

2. Somebody Loves Me

3. Stardust

5. Birds Nest

6. Cool Blues

7. Erroll's Bounce

8. Blue Lou

9. Play Piano Play

10. Blues Garni

11. Love For Sale

12. Frankie And Johnny Fantasy

13. Love Walked In

14. Red Sails In The Sunset

15. All The Things You Are

16. Over The Rainbow

17. Moonglow

18. She's Funny That Way

19. I'm Confessin'

20. Stormy Weather

21. Margie

22. My Heart Stood Still

23. When You're Smiling

24. How High The Moon

Disc 2

1. Lover

2. Laura

3. The Way You Look Tonight

4. I Cover The Waterfront

5. Penthouse Serenade

6. Honeysuckle Rose

7. Body And Soul

8. I'm In The Mood For Love

9. Fine And Dandy

10. Sophisticated Lady

11. Summertime

12. Am I Blue

13. Out Of Nowhere

14. St. Louis Blues

15. Easy To Love

16. Lullaby Of Birdland

17. Oh, Lady Be Good

18. I'll Remember April

19. Autumn Leaves

20. It's All Right With Me

21. April In Paris

22. Where Or When

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Track List: The Chronological Erroll Garner 1953-54

1. Yesterdays

2. Frenesi

4. Groovy Day

5. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

6. For Heaven's Sake

7. Lullaby Of Birdland

8. Holiday For Strings

10. I'm Beginning To See The Light

12. I Hadn't Anyone Till You

13. After You've Gone

15. If I Could Be With You

16. As Time Goes By

17. That Old Black Magic

18. Russian Lullaby

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Track List: Penthouse Serenade: The Debonair Erroll Garner

1. This Can't Be Love

2. I Want A Little Girl

3. Undecided

4. Love Walked In

5. Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone)

6. All The Things You Are

7. Body And Soul

8. More Than You Know

9. (Back Home Again In) Indiana

10. Laura

11. Somebody Loves Me

12. All Of Me

13. Stormy Weather

14. (I'm) Confessin' (That I Love You)

15. Moonglow

16. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

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Track List: 1949 Volume 2

2. Stars Fell On Alabama

3. Laura

5. This Can't Be Love

6. The Man I Love

7. Moonglow

8. I Want A Little Girl

9. She's Funny That Way

10. Until The Real Thing Comes Along

11. I'm Confessin'

13. Reverie

14. Turquoise

15. Blue And Sentimental

17. Flamingo

19. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

20. Impressions

21. Twilight

22. The Way You Look Tonight

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Track List: The Complete - Savoy Master Takes

Disc 1

1. Laura

2. Stardust

3. Somebody Loves Me

4. Back Home Again In Indiana

5. I Surrender Dear

6. I Only Have Eyes For You

7. Stompin' At The Savoy

8. I Cover The Waterfront

9. It's Easy To Remember

10. Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone)

11. Love Walked In

12. September Song

13. Body And Soul

14. All The Things You Are

15. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You

16. Yesterdays

17. Goodbye

18. I'm In The Mood For Love

19. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

20. More Than You Know

Disc 2

1. Undecided

2. Red Sails In The Sunset

3. All Of Me

4. Over The Rainbow

5. A Cottage For Sale

6. This Can't Be Love

7. The Man I Love

8. Moonglow

9. I Want A Little Girl

10. She's Funny That Way

11. Until The Real Thing Comes Along

12. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)

13. Stormy Weather

14. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

15. Rosalie

16. Everything Happens To Me

17. A Stairway To The Stars

18. Play Fiddle Play

19. Dark Eyes

20. Laff Slam Laff

21. Jumpin' At The Deuces

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Track List: Campus Concert / Feeling Is Believing

1. (Back Home Again In) Indiana

2. Star Dust

3. Mambo Erroll

4. Lulu's Back In Town

5. Almost Like Being In Love

6. My Funny Valentine

7. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

8. In The Still Of The Night

9. For Once In My Life

10. Yesterday

11. Strangers In The Night

12. Feeling Is Believing

13. Paisley Eyes

14. Spinning Wheel

15. The Loving Touch

16. The Look Of Love

17. You Turned Me Around

18. Mood Island

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Track List: Trio & Solo 1945 - 1947

1. Twistin' The Cat's Tail

2. White Rose Bounce

3. Movin' Around

4. Night And Day

5. Laura

6. Stardust

7. Somebody Loves Me

8. (Back Home Again In) Indiana

9. Pastel

10. Trio

11. Play, Piano, Play

12. Love Is The Strangest Game

13. Blues Garni

14. Don't Worry 'Bout Me

15. Loose Nuts

16. Love For Sale

17. Frankie And Johnny Fantasy

18. Sloe Gin Fizz

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Track List: Closeup In Swing & A New Kind Of Love

1. You Do Something To Me

2. My Silent Love

3. All Of Me

5. St. Louis Blues

6. Some Of These Days

7. I'm In The Mood For Love

8. El Papa Grande

9. The Best Things In Life Are Free

10. Back In Your Own Back Yard

12. Louise

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Track List: Now Playing: A Night At The Movies & Up In Erroll's Room

1. You Made Me Love You

2. As Time Goes By

3. Sonny Boy

4. Charmaine

5. I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store)

6. I'll Get By

7. Three O'Clock In The Morning

8. Stella By Starlight

9. Jeannine I Dream Of Lilac Time

10. Schoner Gigolo (Just A Gigolo)

11. How Deep Is The Ocean

12. It's Only A Paper Moon

14. Watermelon Man

15. It's The Talk Of The Town

16. Groovin' High

17. The Girl From Ipanema

18. The Coffee Song

19. Cheek To Cheek

20. Up In Erroll's Room

21. (A) Lot Of Living To Do

22. I Got Rhythm

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Track List: That's My Kick And Gemini

1. That's My Kick

2. The Shadow Of Your Smile

3. Like It Is

4. It Ain't Necessarily So

5. Autumn Leaves

6. Blue Moon

7. More

8. Gaslight

9. Nervous Waltz

10. Passing Through

11. Afinidad

12. How High The Moon

13. It Could Happen To You

14. Gemini

15. When A Gypsy Makes His Violin Cry

16. Tea For Two

17. Something

18. Eldorado

19. These Foolish Things

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Track List: Jazz 'round Midnight

1. I've Got You Under My Skin

2. Don't Blame Me

3. I Can't Get Started

4. No Moon (Young Love)

5. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

6. Again

7. Memories Of You

8. The Jitterbug Waltz

9. Misty

10. I've Got The World On A String

11. Exactly Like You

12. All My Loves Are You

13. Don't Worry About Me

14. Part-Time Blues

15. There's A Small Hotel

16. Over The Rainbow

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Track List: Body & Soul

1. The Way You Look Tonight

2. Body And Soul

3. Indiana

4. Honeysuckle Rose

5. I'm In The Mood For Love

6. I Can't Get Started

7. Play, Piano, Play

8. Undecided

9. You're Blase

10. Sophisticated Lady

11. Ain't She Sweet

12. I Didn't Know

13. Fine And Dandy

14. Robbins' Nest

15. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

16. It's The Talk Of The Town

17. You're Driving Me Crazy

18. Ja-Da

19. Summertime

20. I Never Knew

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Track List: The Errol Garner Collection - 2 - Dancing On The Ceiling

1. It Had To Be You

2. Crazy Rhythm

3. Our Love Is Here To Stay

4. Don't Blame Me

5. Dancing On The Ceiling

6. Whispering

7. After You've Gone

8. There Will Never Be Another You

9. Like Home

10. What Is This Thing Called Love

11. Ain't Misbehavin'

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Track List: The Erroll Garner Collection - 1 - Easy To Love

2. September Song

5. Easy To Love

6. Somebody Loves Me

7. I Hadn't Anyone 'till You

8. Lover Come Back To Me

9. As Time Goes By

10. Out Of Nowhere

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Track List: The Greatest Garner

1. The Way You Look Tonight

2. Turquoise

3. Pavanne

4. Impressions

5. Confessin'

8. Summertime

9. Flamingo

10. Reverie

11. Blue And Sentimental

12. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

14. Trees

15. Lullaby Of The Leaves

16. Serenade In Blue

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Track List: Solitaire

1. I'll Never Smile Again

2. Then You've Never Been Blue

3. It's The Talk Of The Town

4. Solitaire

5. A Cottage For Sale

6. That Old Feeling

7. Over The Rainbow

8. Yesterdays

9. Who?

10. When A Gypsy (Makes His Violin Cry)

11. Salud Segovia

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Track List: Concert By The Sea

1. I'll Remember April (Live)

2. Teach Me Tonight (Live)

3. Mambo Carmel (Live)

4. Autumn Leaves (Live)

5. It's All Right With Me (Live)

6. Red Top (Live)

7. April In Paris (Live)

8. They Can't Take That Away From Me (Live)

9. How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me (Live)

10. Where Or When (Live)

11. Erroll's Theme (Live)

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Track List: The Original Misty

1. Misty

2. Rosalie

3. I've Got The World On A String

4. 7-11 Jump

5. Don't Worry 'Bout Me

6. You Are My Sunshine

7. Part Time Blues

8. All Of A Sudden

9. In A Mellow Tone

10. There's A Small Hotel

11. I Wanna Be A Rug Cutter

12. Exactly Like You

13. Oh, Lady Be Good

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Track List: contrasts

1. You Are My Sunshine

2. I've Got The World On A String

3. 7-11 Jump

4. Part-Time Blues

5. Rosalie

6. In A Mellow Tone

7. Don't Worry 'bout Me

8. (All Of A Sudden) My Heart Sings

9. There's A Small Hotel

10. Misty

11. I've Got To Be A Rugcutter

12. Sweet And Lovely

13. Exactly Like You

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A solid musician. Great pianist. A joy to hear him play..
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Will time Great !! Love to listen to him
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Pure MAGIC....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . T h a n k s for bringing him back to me. amazing, he never looked at the keyboard.... . W h e r e does that talent come from?
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He interacted with the music in a way I've never seen before or since. He operated beyond the realm of what is written.
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wilbudge
Too Much. Completely complete.
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A legend of legends, music as music should sound,young people listen
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tedled
By 1966 I had worn out 2 copies of Concert By The Sea. In 1963 I had the pleasure of working with his bass player, Eddie Calhoun in a NYC trio. Met Errol at an NAACP concert ...what a gas. He was an amazing musician.
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Errol Garner, Real MAGIC in a piano. NO Tricks. Wonderfull Sounds
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Errol Garner could make an atheist believe in God!

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My Lord!!!!!!
What an incredible way to start the day!!!!!
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harryyochem
none better
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Old school is the best school
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Love this guy!
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He is my piano player idol!! #LEGEND!
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Real classy renditon...h i s piano speaks...mmm .
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Beyond beautiful, and romantic
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Wishing. On a star
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mindstatefil m z
Erroll's a P.I.M.P ...His Raw Talent, Style & Sound Gets All The Credit In My Book.. He's untouchable
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I love Oscar Peterson, Ramsey Lewis, Ahmad Jamal, and all the rest...but none of them surpass Erroll Garner for me. I even remember doing a portrait of him when I was young girl. Gemini, That's my Kick, Concert by the Sea - my mother played all of these while was growing up. His sound is SO distinct, and rich!
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Always a very identifiable sound but never monotonous.
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rffian73
An incomparable piano talent. Concert By The Sea is a triumph of the human spirit.
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What a truly gifted man playing totally from the heart...pure emotion driven!
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Looking for the later Misty not the original
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Smooth ivories!!!!!
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Most enjoyable!
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MISTY BEST EVER PLAYED EVER!!!
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olsalt1
Another one of the greats in piano. May his music live on.
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One of the best piano composer of our time...class i c
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I'm 64 years Young now, but when I was fifteen years old, I met Mr EG! what a treat it was!! He was so short, he sat on phone books. Bless this great man who's left us all music beyond our imagination! Mr EG! here's to you! Play on . LeCount
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I love Erroll. What a great album!
Thanks!
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I've loved Error Garner since I was a little girl listening to my big brother play vinyl on his new Hi-Fi record player. Fond, fond memories!
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pure joy !
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If Tatum is God, Garner is God's mistress
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I only hope when I go to my eternal reward that the back ground melody is Errol Garner riffing on MISTY, I will then rest in peace along wiith the Master of 88...May God Bless his soul. Fr Duffy, Newport Beach, Ca.
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Original and amazing. Comes from his soul. . .
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I'll always treasure my Concert By The Sea 33 !/3 platter. Imagine being in Carmel, Ca. then. To paraphrase Mayor Eastwood He made my day
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ralph.dratma n
Great notes by Scott Yanow offer a lot of insight.
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Wonderful arrgmt of I'm in the mood for Love.
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wonder if he still sits on the New York phone directory?
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The sheer delight in his playing - un f* ing believable !!
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nwozment
Another of my favorites is That's My Kick . WOW ! What God Given Talent!
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Carwash allday everyday smooth a** song B-)
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Love him
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he can make me laugh and cry, both with joy, within a few seconds of each other on the same song ! simply unbelievable that this man was here on earth. what a gift to us all !
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so playful, unpredictabl e and virtuostic all at the same time
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Love this! Absolutely stunning!
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What about the Erroll Garner by the Sea album?
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It may be of interest to know that Erroll did learn to read music in his later years. It doesn't seem to have hurt his playing, however!
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Amazing!
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lyn572
I think that I have just about every 33 rpm ever recorded by Erroll!
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