Erroll Garner: It's All Right with Me


It's All Right with Me


Erroll Garner (piano)


Concert by the Sea (Columbia CK-40589)

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Erroll Garner (piano),

Eddie Calhoun (bass), Denzil Best (drums)


Composed by Cole Porter


Recorded: live at Carmel, CA, September 19, 1955


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Partly attributed to his well-documented inability to read music, Erroll Garner's pianistic voice is one of the most distinctive in jazz history. On this, his most famous live recording, we hear how his individual style projects from his very core—his grunting sub-vocalizations are so audible that they could be considered another instrument in the ensemble! As in most performances, Garner runs the gamut of emotions and musical techniques: soft, smooth and subtle at one turn, and aggressive, insistent and even rough at the next. He is ultimately self-assured and driven as leader of this classic trio. Truly an inspired performance.

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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