Erroll Garner

Magician/Gershwin and Kern

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Magician/Gershwin and Kern Review

by Scott Yanow

Two of Errol Garner's last albums, Magician and Gershwin and Kern, are reissued on this single CD. The pianist, heading trios or quartets, is in typically whimsical and hard-swinging form; he never did decline on record. The former session includes several of his originals plus versions of "Close to You" and "Watch What Happens" that manage to uplift those pop tunes; the latter date has consistently superior material. Garner's very spontaneous playing is as usual both unpredictable and quite accessible and these unedited performances were all first takes. No one ever really sounded like Erroll Garner and this highly enjoyable set of formerly rare material gives one a good example of his magical music.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Erroll Garner 04:33
2 Erroll Garner 04:23 Amazon
3 Erroll Garner 04:14 Amazon
4 Erroll Garner 05:37 Amazon
5 Erroll Garner 03:14 Amazon
6 Erroll Garner 03:01 Amazon
7 Erroll Garner 03:53 Amazon
8 Erroll Garner 05:06 Amazon
9 Erroll Garner 03:36 Amazon
10 Erroll Garner 02:38 Amazon
11 Erroll Garner 04:21 Amazon
12 Erroll Garner 04:01 Amazon
13 Erroll Garner 02:35 Amazon
14 Erroll Garner 03:29 Amazon
15 Erroll Garner 01:05 Amazon
16 Erroll Garner 02:33 Amazon
17 Erroll Garner 03:59 Amazon
18 Erroll Garner 02:15 Amazon
19 Erroll Garner 03:13 Amazon
20 Erroll Garner 02:59 Amazon
21 Erroll Garner 02:49 Amazon
22 Erroll Garner 02:29 Amazon
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