Erroll Garner: Penthouse Serenade – as heard in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Erroll Garner (piano)
Mighty Aphrodite: Music From the Motion Picture (Sony Classical SK 62253)
Composed by Will Jason & Val Burton.
Recorded: New York, January 11, 1951
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