Erroll Garner: St. Louis Blues


St. Louis Blues


Erroll Garner (piano)


Closeup in Swing / A New Kind of Love (Telarc CD-83383)

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Erroll Garner (piano),

Eddie Calhoun (bass), Kelly Martin (drums)


Composed by W.C. Handy


Recorded: New York, July 7, 1961


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Erroll Garner fans may take that steady left-hand chording for granted. On this recording, Garner varies his left-hand playing, punctuating the A section of the melody to great effect by substituting a more syncopated pattern for his usual four-on-the-floor method. Drummer Kelly Martin calls attention to this contrast by supporting Garner's left hand with similar accents on the cymbals before switching to brushes for the straight-ahead swing passages. Moving into the improvisation, Garner and company take off the gloves for some down-and-dirty blues. During exciting stop-time passages, Garner stretches the harmonic limits of his solo lines before returning to more tested ground. On the out chorus, the trio reverts to the original feel for the final statement of the melody and a long vamp-out.

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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