Erroll Garner

Misty, song

    Description by Robert Cummings

    Erroll Garner wrote "Misty" in 1954 and immediately recorded it with his Erroll Garner Trio. The composition was certainly his most popular and easily among his most critically well received. Johnny Mathis recorded a song version of the music in 1959 using lyrics by Johnny Burke. That effort also reached the charts and generated much interest in the work among singers. "Misty" became a classic not just because of its distinctive, catchy melody, but because of Garner's deft handling of it within his unique style. His works often exhibit a symphonic sort of jazz quality, and his melodies are typically played in octaves. The familiar "Misty" tune opens this way, but in arpeggiated hops in the upper register of the piano, giving the melody a lighthearted sense. There is at once a melancholy and carefree feeling here and also, with the slow tempo and bluesy harmonies, a lazy air and intimate, nocturnal sense. Garner played different versions of "Misty," and there have been different arrangements of the song rendition, as well. Thus, listeners may encounter the piece in several guises, but most versions will offer a good measure of appeal.

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2018
    Navona Records
    NV 6195
    2015
    Cala
    122
    2015
    Dutton Vocalion / Vocalion
    CDLK 4545
    2011
    Telos
    TLS161
    2011
    Opening Day Recordings
    ODR 7412
    2011
    Newton Classics
    8802044
    2011
    Telos
    TLS 162
    2011
    Guild Light Music
    GLCD 5180
    2010
    Various Artists
    Sonoma / Sonoma Entertainment
    4021
    2010
    Ondine
    1171
    2009
    Sony BMG / SBC/Sony / Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment
    88697519812
    2008
    Thorofon / Zebralution
    2008
    Smalls Records
    29
    2008
    Atracao
    3305
    2008
    Madacy / Madacy Entertainment
    53969
    2008
    Decca / UMC / Universal
    5311451
    2007
    Centaur Records
    2771
    2007
    Cala Records
    4113
    2006
    Zah Zah
    ZZCD 9821
    2006
    Balcon
    105442
    2005
    Madacy
    50503
    2005
    Oehms
    516
    2005
    Silva America
    SILCD 1177
    2005
    Decca
    9828808
    2003
    Naxos
    57177
    2002
    BMG International
    74321910992
    2001
    Eroica Classical Recordings / Eroica Distribution
    3050
    2001
    Warner Bros.
    48060
    2000
    Hungaroton
    10307
    2000
    Spectrum Music / Karussell
    5525452
    1999
    Green House
    1012
    1998
    Ottavo
    19862
    1998
    Calliope
    9272
    1998
    BMG International / RCA Victor
    74321242832
    1998
    Various Artists
    Intersound
    1734
    1997
    Madacy Distribution / Alshire / Madacy
    5162
    1997
    Naxos
    8 553427
    1996
    River City Brass Band
    193
    1996
    ASV / White Line
    CDWHL 2098
    1995
    Signum UK
    6300
    1994
    Concert Gold / Intersound
    3653
    1993
    ASV
    2076
    1993
    Hungaroton
    10185
    1992
    Thorofon
    1990
    Naxos / Naxos International
    8990022
    AppleJazz Records
    84
    Telarc Distribution
    83341
    Pair
    1022
    Deutsche Grammophon
    039627