Erroll Garner: 7-11 Jump
Erroll Garner (piano)
Contrasts (Heritage Jazz/Polygram 515622Z)
Erroll Garner (piano),
Wyatt Ruther (bass), Eugene “Fats” Heard (drums).
Composed by Erroll Garner.
Recorded: Chicago, July 27, 1954
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
This is Erroll Garner at his swinging best. His orchestral approach to the piano is on full display, chorus after chorus. The song's "rhythm changes" form is the perfect vehicle for this extended improvisation. Fats Heard proves a fantastically sympathetic accompanist, never missing an opportunity to provide just the right fill to set up Garner's next move. Garner's use of sequence, balance of repetition and variation, and careful attention to register and dynamics is a study in piano improvisation. Recorded as part of an epic recording session that yielded material for several albums, this track stands out for the sheer amount of music—over seven minutes of Garner at the top of his game.
Reviewer: Mark Lomanno