Erroll Garner: Penthouse Serenade as heard in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

Track

Penthouse Serenade

Artist

Erroll Garner (piano)

CD

Mighty Aphrodite: Music From the Motion Picture (Sony Classical SK 62253)

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Musicians:

Erroll Garner (piano), John Simmons (bass), Shadow Wilson (drums).

Composed by Will Jason & Val Burton

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Recorded: New York, January 11, 1951

Albumcovermightyaphrodite

Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

One mark of a great jazz artist is the ability to make a standard his or her own. By that yardstick, and by any other as well, Erroll Garner was a great jazz artist. Atop his habitual left-hand 4-to-the-bar chording (most reminiscent of Count Basie's perennial rhythm guitarist, Freddie Green), Garner's bubbly tremolos guide listeners through a melody with the attentiveness and fertile imagination of Samuel Taylor Coleridge touring Xanadu. Garner's patented "Penthouse Serenade" is entrancing, as elfin Erroll courts his high-rise sweetheart. For the hopeless romantic in us all, Erroll Garner shall ever be a stately pleasure-gnome.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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