Gunde on Garner

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Stunt
  • UPC: 663993070728
  • Catalog Number: 7072
  • Sales rank: 312,374

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Henrik Gunde Primary Artist, Piano, Group Member
Rune Harder Olesen Conga
Technical Credits
Billy Joel Composer
Elton John Composer
Lars Pedersen Artwork
Jacob Gade Composer
Traditional Composer
Norah Jones Composer
Peter Littauer Executive Producer
Bernhard Christensen Composer
Pelle Fridell Engineer
Lars "L.G." Nilsson Mastering
Gasolin' Composer
Tim Christensen Composer
Jess Harris Composer
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