Jaki Byard: Garnerin' A Bit
Garnerin' A Bit
Jaki Byard (piano)
Here's Jaki (Prestige OJCCD 1874-2)
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 14, 1961
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
This is Jaki giving tribute to one of his favorite pianists, Errol Garner. His other favorite was Earl Hines, as they have two amazing records together, as well as some great Youtube clips online. Anyway, back to “Garnerin”: Jaki uses that laid-back feel of Errol's on this track, even down to the quick, sparse block chords during the first chorus of his solo. It's so laid back. He even has the four-on-the-floor in the left hand, a trademark of Garner's. It's so authentic, and so genuine. And after that opening tribute chorus, Jaki gets back to what he does, big phrases and strong ideas that are here and there, but never where they "should" be. It's extremely "soulful ."
Reviewer: Jason Moran