Erroll Garner


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Used as the theme for Clint Eastwood's directorial debut (Play Misty for Me), this Erroll Garner classic is so beautiful on record that, in a very effective way, it provides an incredible diversion from the violence that is so very prevalent in the film. This almost perverse dichotomy actually mirrors Jessica Walter's Evelyn Draper character, who is indeed quite mad and violent. The song, of course, is more well-known from Johnny Mathis' classic reading, but the author's own instrumental version here is equally effective. Garner's use of moving octaves in a jazz format gives the song a near-modal feel, and combines jazz with pop romanticism perfectly. Available on the now rare original soundtrack, it is included on Warner Bros.'s fine 2001 Music for the Movies of Clint Eastwood, an excellent compilation of his greatest film themes.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Contrasts 1954 Verve / PSM / Universal 2:45
Erroll Garner Plays Misty 1955 Castle Pulse
The Original Misty 1955 Verve / Mercury 2:46
No Image 1957 Columbia
Compact Jazz Sampler 1987
Various Artists
Verve 2:45
Compact Jazz: Erroll Garner 1987 Verve 2:45
No Image 1987 Verve 2:47
Jazz 'Round Midnight: Erroll Garner 1991 Verve / Polygram 2:48
Playboy's 40th Anniversary: Four Decades of Jazz 1953-1993 1993
Various Artists
Verve 2:45
Verve Jazz Masters, Vol. 7 1994 Verve 2:50
The Essence of Erroll Garner 1994 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:13
Verve Jazz Masters 20 1994
Various Artists
Verve / Polygram 2:50
The Very Thought of You: Jazz for Lovers 1995
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:14
Great Jazz Soloists 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / PSM 2:49
Music for Gracious Living, Vol. 2: Instrumental Themes for Young Lovers 1997
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:16
Late Night Piano 1998
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Rebound Records 2:50
Pastel 1998 Giants Of Jazz Recordings 2:48
That's My Kick/Gemini/Magician/Gershwin & Kern/Dreamstreet/One World Concert/Now Playin 1999 Telarc Jazz Zone / Telarc Distribution 4:56
Penthouse Serenade [TKO] 2000 Magnum 2:47
Eternal Jazz, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:19
The Encyclopedia of Jazz 2001
Various Artists
Retro Records / Recording Arts / Retro Music 4:26
Signature Songs 2002
Various Artists
Telarc Jazz Zone / Telarc Distribution 5:00
No Image 2002 Past Perfect 2:46
Erroll Garner's Finest Hour 2003 Universal / Verve 2:48
Jazz for Lovers 2006
Various Artists
Classics & Jazz / IMS 2:45
Ready Take One 2016 Columbia / Legacy / Legacy Recordings / Sony Music 4:52
The Classic Albums Collection 2018 Enlightenment Series 4:56
Bar Jazz: In a Sentimental Mood, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Bella Musica Edition / Zebralution
Precious Jazz
Various Artists
Pure Jazz [AP]
Various Artists