Erroll Garner: Stormy Weather
Erroll Garner (piano)
Serenade to Laura (Savoy Jazz 17218)
Composed by Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler.
Recorded: Los Angeles, June 20, 1949
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
Erroll Garner didn't invent octave tremolos in jazz—fellow Pittsburgher Earl Hines gets credit for that. But Garner came up with an instantly recognizable application for them as part of his uniquely rippling style, sounding for all the world as though playing the piano underwater. Garner could execute these tremolos tirelessly at any tempo. But since, notwithstanding his irrepressible wit, Erroll was at heart a romantic, his tremolos were most gallantly tremulous in ballads. While his "Stormy Weather" isn't immaculate, Garner's art was more about setting the right mood than getting every note right. Here his mood is right as rain.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz