The Piano Trios – Erroll Garner, Ahmad Jamal, and Bill Evans (1955 - 1961)

Russell Perry By

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While there were influential piano trios in the 1940s (lead by Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Lennie Tristano, or Nat "King" Cole, for example), the format reached new peaks in the 1950s. In particular, Ahmad Jamal reconceived the format to stress the interplay of three artists, rather than a primary piano soloist with rhythm support. In this hour, we will hear from these pianists and from Erroll Garner, the work of each represented by a legendary live recording—Garner's 1955 Concert by the Sea, Jamal's 1958 At the Pershing—But Not For Me and Evans's 1961 Waltz for Debbie/A Sunday at the Village Vanguard. The three recordings can be heard as a progression.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Erroll Garner Trio. "I'll Remember April" from A Concert by the Sea (Columbia) 4:01
  • Errol Garner Trio. "Red Top" from A Concert by the Sea (Columbia) 8:19
  • Erroll Garner Trio. "Where or When" from A Concert by the Sea (Columbia) 11:40
  • Erroll Garner Trio. "How Could You Do a Thing Like That to Me" from A Concert by the Sea (Columbia) 14:51
  • Host speaks 19:03
  • Ahmad Jamal Trio. "Poinciana" from At the Pershing—But Not for Me (Argo) 21:55
  • Ahmad Jamal Trio. "Woody'n'You" from At the Pershing—But Not for Me (Argo) 30:02
  • Ahmad Jamal Trio. "There Is No Greater Love" from At the Pershing—But Not for Me (Argo) 33:34
  • Host speaks 36:54
  • Bill Evans Trio. "My Foolish Heart" from Waltz for Debbie (Riverside) 40:55
  • Bill Evans Trio. "Some Other Time" from Waltz for Debbie (Riverside) 45:49
  • Bill Evans Trio. "Waltz for Debbie" from Waltz for Debbie (Riverside) 50:54
  • Host Outro 57:45
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