Erroll Garner: Yesterdays
Erroll Garner (piano)
Yesterdays 1944-49 (Naxos Jazz Legends 8120528)
Erroll Garner (piano).
Composed by Jerome Kern.
Recorded: New York, March 9, 1945
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
While his trio arrangements typically included a solo piano introduction, "Yesterdays" (originally from the 1933 Broadway musical Roberta) is a fantastic window into Erroll Garner's solo piano concept. In one of his earliest recordings after his New York arrival, Garner's appreciation of the great Art Tatum is evident from his use of customary Tatum techniques, including offbeat left-hand chordal accents, expansive runs covering the length of keyboard, walking tenths, harmonic substitutions, and a few of Tatum's signature right-hand fills. In this arrangement, Garner exhibits the masterful sense of form and variation of a skilled composer.
Reviewer: Mark Lomanno