Erroll Garner

Soliloquy

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This LP is only a portion of a 1957 studio session which ended up producing no fewer than 16 solo tracks. Erroll Garner is in great form on this solo date, beginning with a lively "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" that evokes both his bouncing basslines and his inherent lyricism. Unlike most interpretations, his arrangement of "If I Had You" leans more toward outright joy versus mere hopefulness. A long exploration of "Don't Take Your Love From Me" finds him in a gentle mood, as he softly states his musical plea for his unseen lover to remain. He also composed two originals on the spot, the dreamy ballad "No More Time" and the adventurous "Soliloquy." This outstanding and fairly difficult to find release is long overdue to be reissued.

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