Gunde on Garner

Gunde on Garner

by Henrik Gunde
     
 

Danish pianist Henrik Gunde's ongoing Gunde on Garner is a heartfelt tribute to the late Erroll Garner, who died in 1977. On earlier releases, he has played songs either written and/or recorded by Garner, but this time around he chose pieces that the late pianist was likely unfamiliar with or that were written after his passing.See more details below

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Danish pianist Henrik Gunde's ongoing Gunde on Garner is a heartfelt tribute to the late Erroll Garner, who died in 1977. On earlier releases, he has played songs either written and/or recorded by Garner, but this time around he chose pieces that the late pianist was likely unfamiliar with or that were written after his passing. Accompanied by bassist Nicolas Kock, drummer Steen Holm and, on three tracks, conga player Rune Olesen, Gunde successfully captures the flavor of Garner's approach to the keyboard, with the rhythm section restricted to a supporting role, as on Garner's records. The question for Garner fans is whether or not he would of chosen to play any of these songs if he'd had the opportunity. Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" and "New York State of Mind" seem more likely than Elton John's drippy "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" or Norah Jones' platinum record "Don't Know Why," though Gunde does his best to spice up the tempo in an attempt to make them more interesting. It seems plausible that Garner was familiar with the popular aria "Santa Lucia"; this loping arrangement with Gunde playing a bit behind the beat is amusing. The other compositions of European origin are a bit harder to judge. The obvious verdict is that there was only one Erroll Garner, and Gunde's well-meaning tribute wears out its welcome after a few tracks.

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Release Date:
08/28/2007
Label:
Stunt
UPC:
0663993070728
catalogNumber:
7072
Rank:
369852

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