Erroll Garner

1950

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The music on this CD was formerly put out by Atlantic (including an obscure LP), Columbia (the final four titles), and National. The latter is the rarest track, one in which Garner and an unidentified rhythm section accompany singer Florence Wright on "The Real Gone Tune." Otherwise, the great Garner performs with bassist John Simmons and either Doc West or Shadow Wilson on a marathon 15-song and the four Columbia titles. Most of these performances were formerly quite rare and they find Garner, whose style was very much together by 1950, sounding as joyous and swinging as always. Among the many highlights are "Margie," "Ramona," "The Sheik of Araby," "Trees," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," and "It Could Happen to You."

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