Erroll Garner was one the finest jazz musicians to ever find enormous and long-lasting public success. His Swing-meets-Bop style is immediately recognizable -- complex introductions segue into a rhythm play between left and right hands, the right hand playing behind the beat set by the left. This approach was so solid and complete that Garner was his own portable orchestra, and he rarely performed in any group larger than a trio. Though he recorded prolifically, there are also a lot of shoddy Garner re-issues out there in terms of sound quality.
"Afteroon of an Elf", a brilliant lp, originally on Mercury records (1956) is one of the essential jazz albums. Musicians loved Garner's playing as much as the public, but his style was so completely individual that other pianists mainly emulate it in tribute to him. The groundbreaking Hammond B-3 master Jimmy Smith, however, has repeatedly mentioned that he adapted Garner's keyboard approach to the organ and in the process, revolutionized the instrument. Listening to Errol Garner remains one of life's most sublime pleasures.
This is a Japanese release.
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