Erroll Garner: Strike Up the Band


Strike Up the Band


Erroll Garner (piano)


Erroll Garner Plays Gershwin & Kern (EmArcy 8262242)

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Erroll Garner (piano),

Eddie Calhoun (bass), Kelly Martin (drums)


Composed by George & Ira Gershwin


Recorded: New York, August 19, 1965


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Here, as he so often did, Erroll Garner performs a seemingly unrelated introduction. Punchy, dissonant, deceptively out-of-time gestures belie the straight-ahead swinging nature on which Garner's trio embarks in this rendition of the 1927 Gershwin standard from an eponymous musical. Even though the original production was unsuccessful, this song, along with "The Man I Love," proved to be hugely popular, and each in time became a standard. In his improvisations, Garner exercises remarkable contrast, at times appearing to trade eights with himself. Garner fans will appreciate how this track in many ways epitomizes his inimitable pianistic style, which proved consistently effective and popular throughout his career.

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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