Erroll Garner: Don't Be That Way


Don't Be That Way


Erroll Garner (piano)


Jazz Masters 7

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Erroll Garner (piano).

Composed by Benny Goodman, Mitchell Parish & Edgar Sampson


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

People often marveled at how well he played, considering that he couldn’t read music. To which Erroll Garner pointed out, “Nobody can hear you read.” Garner's unique style was instantly identifiable, with right hand rippling tremolos or jabbing single-note runs over a steady left-hand 4-beat pulse. "Don't Be That Way" deliciously samples his smorgasbord of sources from Willie the Lion Smith to Fats Waller to Chico Marx. When, 18 years after his death, the USPS issued a 32˘ commemorative stamp bearing his smiling likeness, it was fitting. Erroll Garner is a national treasure whose stamp on jazz piano remains indelible.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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