Erroll Garner

Magician/Gershwin and Kern

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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.

Track Listing

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