It's worse then Louis Armstrong
ERROLL GARNER - CONCERT BY THE SEA: A MILLION SELLER
One of the first million sellers in jazz was Erroll Garner's album Concert By The Sea. In fact this very first "live" recording by Erroll Garner, recorded in Actual Perfomance at Carmel, California, was a bad sounded release with a piano that was slightly out of tune, but the music was really great. (Dutch) cover of Erroll Garner's Concert By The Sea LP (1969) (CBS S 62310)
Erroll Garner, born in 1921 and passed away in 1977, was a legend and a genius at the piano. As a child he played all tunes by ear at the piano, both handed, with a perfect pitch and fully self-taught. He couldn't read music ............ and never learned it!!
Erroll Garner ( 1921-1977)
He started to play in 1944 at Fifty-Second street with musicians like Slam Stewart; made his first recordings accompanying vocalist Inez Cavanaugh and played with Charlie Parker. His popularity grew in the 1950s when he recorded his composition Misty. In September 1955 the entertainment division of the US army asked Erroll to give a concert for retired soldiers who had fought in the Korean-war and were based in the army base near Carmel, a small city along the Pacific coast near San Francisco.
Cover of Erroll Garner's Concert By The Sea (CD) (1969) (CBS 451042)
The concert was scheduled on the 19th of September, 1955 in the Sunset Auditorium, a former church building. As some of the soldiers were too injured to join the concert, the organization had asked Martha Glazer, Erroll's producer, if they were allowed to record the concert to play it for the soldiers later who were in the camp hospital. They agreed, but insisted that the tapes would become their exclusive property after the concert. Erroll Garner's Trio contained Erroll at the piano, Eddie Calhoun on the bass and Denzil Best on drums. Erroll Garner and Eddie Calhoun
Eddie Calhoun ( 1921 - 1993 ) was a bass player, raised in Chicago, who had played with musicians like Ahmad Jamal, Miles Davis and Johnny Griffin and just had joined the Erroll Garner Trio. He would stay in Erroll's trio up to the mid 1960, before he founded his own nightclub Cal's Place in Chicago. He passed away in 1993. It must have been very difficult now and then for Eddie Calhoun to follow Erroll Garner in concert. His notorious intros are unpredictable .... I love to share with you one of my favourite Erroll Garner fragments on film from the 1960s where he plays Honeysuckle Rose. Erroll opens with one of his typically intros at the piano, with a lot of notes, without any indications what tune will be played ........ watch Eddie Calhoun at the left, desperate waiting for the start of the theme......
p drummer. He started his career on trumpet and piano, but changed to drums later. He played with Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins and toured to Sweden in the late 1940s with Chubby Jackson. He performed with George Shearing and Artie Shaw before he joined Erroll Garner's Trio for two years. Later he worked with Tyree Glenn. Denzil is known for his excellent subtle, pulsing rhythms with the brushes.
Erroll .. Erroll .. Erroll Erroll Garner. Eddy Calhoun - Denzil Da Costa Best - Erroll .. Erroll .. Erroll Erroll Garner. Come here- Come here - Come here - You know something? You haven't heard Erroll say one word and he got a great voice I was insisting he go on the air. Erroll say one word.
It's worse then Louis Armstrong
The article about Erroll's debut in The Netherlands is entitled: Nederlands debuut van Erroll Garner, 1958 by Herman Openneer ( Jazz Bulletin no. 26 (Dec. 1997)(p.49 -57)
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