Complete Savoy Master Takes

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Does it get any better than this? The nearly two hours of music on this double CD set covers Erroll Garner's complete released output for Savoy from January 1945 -- where he was part of the Slam Stewart Quartet -- through the summer of 1949. All of it has been transferred off original acetate sources and very carefully CEDAR-ized to bring out the musical detail in preference to the noise inherent in the masters, and the result is one up-close-and-personal get-together between one's ears and his piano, with bassist John Simmons and drummers Alvin Stoller or Jesse Price providing the underlying beat. From his dazzling first recording of "Laura" through the quieter joys of "I ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Does it get any better than this? The nearly two hours of music on this double CD set covers Erroll Garner's complete released output for Savoy from January 1945 -- where he was part of the Slam Stewart Quartet -- through the summer of 1949. All of it has been transferred off original acetate sources and very carefully CEDAR-ized to bring out the musical detail in preference to the noise inherent in the masters, and the result is one up-close-and-personal get-together between one's ears and his piano, with bassist John Simmons and drummers Alvin Stoller or Jesse Price providing the underlying beat. From his dazzling first recording of "Laura" through the quieter joys of "I Only Have Eyes for You" the only rendition that ever eclipsed the Flamingos' more extroverted version as this writer's favorite, with its quietly ornate glory to "Stormy Weather," the material here is priceless in its alternately serene and playful elegance, and also one of the best cases if one were still needed for digital audio and CD playback -- this music is all too quiet to be interfered with by the flaws in vinyl, to be fully appreciated. The annotation is also extremely thorough, and the entire set is a must-own piece for fans of the pianist, or the piano.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1999
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • UPC: 795041702524
  • Catalog Number: 17025

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erroll Garner Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Bass, Piano
Mike Bryan Guitar
George DeHart Drums
Jesse Price Drums
John Simmons Bass
Alvin Stoller Drums
Harold "Doc" West Drums
Erroll Garner Trio Track Performer
John Levy Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Erroll Garner Composer
Slam Stewart Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Dick Katz Liner Notes
Irving Mills Composer
Steve Backer Executive Producer
Ralph Bass Producer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Will Hudson Composer
Orrin Keepnews Producer, Liner Notes
Jack Lawrence Composer
Billy Moll Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Teddy Reig Producer
Ellis Reynolds Composer
Frank Signorelli Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Emery Deutsch Composer
Isabelle Wong Graphic Design
Tom Adair Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Arthur Altman Composer
Murray Mencher Composer
Doc Daugherty Composer
Traditional Composer
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