Erroll Garner

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Although Erroll Garner made numerous recordings during his career, he has unjustly fallen out of favor and the pianist hasn't been all that well represented in CD reissues or on video. This DVD, consisting of live performances taped by BBC TV in 1964, gives an indication of why Garner was not only very popular with audiences but a favorite of fellow musicians like Dave Brubeck. The diminutive Garner (seated atop a phone book on the piano bench) gives his all throughout each song, with the steady timekeeping of bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Kelly Martin (neither of whom solo at all). Whether it's the driving "Just One of Those Things," a well-disguised setup of "What Is This Thing Called Love?," or a romp through "Honeysuckle Rose" that incorporates both stride and boogie-woogie, Garner delights the audience. It's puzzling that his hit "Misty" isn't a part of either program, as it must have been a request on every occasion once it became a hit. But this black-and-white DVD, with excellent sound and visuals, has stood the test of time very well.