Long Ago and Far Away

Long Ago and Far Away

by Erroll Garner
     
 

These sides from 1950-51 were the first Garner recorded for Columbia, and like the later Body And Soul reissue from the same label, this disc includes a sophisticated and highly enjoyable program of classic standards. In his inimitable keyboard style -­ a seamless mixture of swing's bounce, pianist See more details below

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These sides from 1950-51 were the first Garner recorded for Columbia, and like the later Body And Soul reissue from the same label, this disc includes a sophisticated and highly enjoyable program of classic standards. In his inimitable keyboard style -­ a seamless mixture of swing's bounce, pianist Art Tatum's mammoth facility, and some of bebop's mercurial twists -­ Garner glides through fine ballad readings of "Spring Is Here" and "Long Ago and Far Away," as well as compact, medium to fast tempo swingers like "When You're Smiling" and "Lover." Garner's burgeoning knack for abstract song preludes are plentiful too, with his two minute (half the song's length) impressionistic reworking of the chords to "My Heart Stood Still" standing out in particular. Extending the process further, Garner plays cat and mouse with the chords over the entirety of both "It Could Happen to You" and "Laura," creating spectral -- some might say overly florid -- interpretations in the process. The pianist's soft, almost strumming touch endeared him to a millions of fans in the late '40s and early '50s, and made the complex improvisational embellishments almost seem like part of the original composition. A great disc for newcomers and fans alike ­- nicely remastered, too.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644086324
catalogNumber:
40863

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Erroll Garner   Primary Artist,Piano
John Simmons   Bass,String Bass
Shadow Wilson   Drums

Technical Credits

Jerome Kern   Composer
Patrick S. Gilmore   Composer
Chris Albertson   Liner Notes
Andraé Crouch   Composer
George Avakian   Producer
CeDell Davis   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Larry Keyes   Engineer,Remastering
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Louis Lambert   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Joe Heyne   Composer
Phyllis Claire   Composer

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