Erroll Garner: April in Paris


April in Paris


Erroll Garner (piano)


Concert by the Sea (Columbia 40589)

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Erroll Garner (piano), Denzil Best (drums),

Eddie Calhoun (bass)


Vernon Duke and E. Y. Harburg


Recorded: Carmel, California, September 19, 1955


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

        Erroll Garner and Art Tatum at Birdland, 1952
                        Photo by Marcel Fleiss

This recording is a view into the unorthodox and dramatic piano style of one of the greatest imaginations in jazz. From the rumbling orchestration of the preface to the melody, we know the sophisticated Garner is poised to deliver his trademark romance. The melody rolls like pearls from the stage where the diminutive man is perched on top of a phonebook. A natural musician who never learned to read a note, Garner developed a synthesis between understated cocktail phrasing and the rich harmonic flourishes of Art Tatum.

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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