Erroll Garner

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This Erroll Garner record compiles portions of sessions with three different trios (John Simmons and Shadow Wilson, Wyatt Ruther and Fats Heard, or Al Hall and Specs Powell). Of course, the rhythm section rarely mattered on any Garner date, as their role was to keep time and leave the spotlight to the leader. The pianist is in his usual superb form, whether covering chestnuts from the swing era, like "How High the Moon," "Moonglow," and "The Man I Love"; jazz masterpieces such as "Sophisticated Lady"; or modern fare like "Robbins' Nest." Garner also adds three distinctive originals that suffer the same fate as all of his other works -- they are overshadowed by the runaway success of his landmark composition, "Misty." The liner notes to this release never make it clear whether this is strictly a reissue of previously released tracks on Columbia, although a handful did appear on a European release. Long out of print, this LP will require a diligent search by Garner fans.

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