Erroll Garner: She's Funny That Way


She's Funny That Way


Erroll Garner (piano)


Serenade to Laura (Savoy)

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Erroll Garner (piano),

John Simmons (bass), Alvin Stoller (drums)


Composed by Neil Moret & Richard Whiting


Recorded: Los Angeles, June 20, 1949


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Early in his New York City performance career, Erroll Garner substituted for Art Tatum in Tatum's trio with Slam Stewart. This popular 1928 composition, covered famously by both the Dorsey Brothers and Benny Goodman bands, was also a staple of Tatum's repertoire. Garner's approach exhibits a gently rocking, slow swing, punctuated with his characteristic Freddie Green-style left-hand pulsations. The melancholy of the song's lyrics remains intact through the magic of Garner's invocation of the blues: his right-hand weaves around the beat, mixing evocative chordal slides with elements of the blues, repeated notes and intense octave runs, all with a masterful attention to phrasing and dynamics.

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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