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Erroll Garner

Born in Pittsburgh in 1921 (Sy Johnson's biographical note in The Erroll Garner Songbook has June 15, 1923 as Garner's birthdate), Errol Garner started playing piano at the age of two (three according to Johnson). He never learned to read music, probably because it was never a necessity for him. He learned to play the 'novelty' styles of Zez Confrey and others from listening to 78 records, a style which used steady left hand chord rhythms to support very free right-hand melodic interpretations. This provided a perfect basis for the hard-swinging jazz style that Garner was to pioneer. At the age of seven, Garner began appearing on radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh with a group called the Candy Kids, and by the age of eleven he was playing on the Allegheny riverboats

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Celebrated Bassist and Producer Leon Lee Dorsey Announces the Release of 'Thank You, Mr. Mabern!,' A Trio Recording Featuring The Late Jazz Luminary Harold Mabern

Celebrated Bassist and Producer Leon Lee Dorsey Announces the Release of 'Thank You, Mr. Mabern!,' A Trio Recording Featuring The Late Jazz Luminary Harold Mabern

Leon Lee Dorsey is pleased to announce the release of Thank You, Mr. Mabern! Recorded in July 2019, two months prior to the passing of jazz luminary Harold Mabern, the album is the swan song for the great pianist and composer, his final recording. This posthumous release is not only Dorsey’s personal farewell to Mabern, it ...

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Chris Nordman Trio: High Wire

Read "High Wire" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Time was when people retired to Florida to bask in the sunshine, play some golf and tend their backyard gardens. That was then; this is now. Pianist and organist Chris Nordman, who has roamed the world for more than half a century as a working musician and now calls Florida home, has no plans to rest ...

Birth Of Bebop - Celebrating Bird At 100

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2020
Track listing: Savoy Sessions:- Billie's Bounce; Thriving From A Riff; Koko; Meandering; Donna Lee; Cheryl; Buzzy; Another Hair Do; Bluebird; Klaunstance; BirdGets The Worm; Barbados; Constellation; Parker’s Mood; Parker’s Mood (AT-2); Marmaduke; Steeplechase; Merry Go Round; A Night In Tunisia; Dizzy Atmosphere; Groovin’ High; Confirmation; Koko; Dial Sessions:- Moose The Mooche; Yardbird Suite; Ornithology; A Night In Tunisia; Bird’s Nest; Cool Blues; Relaxin’ At Camarillo; Dexterity; Bongo Bop; Dewey Square; The Hymn; Bird Of Paradise; Embraceable You; Bird Feathers; Klact-oveeseds-tene; Scrapple From The Apple; My Old Flame; Out Of Nowhere; Don’t Blame Me; Drifting On A Reed; Quasimodo; Charlie’s Wig; Bongo Beep; Crazeology.

Erroll Garner Plays Gershwin & Kern

Label: Mack Avenue
Released: 2020
Track listing: Strike Up The Band; Love Walked In; I Got Rhythm; Someone To Watch Over Me; A Foggy Day (In London Town); Nice Work If You Can Get It; Nice Work If You Can Get It (Take 2); Lovely To Look At; Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man; Only Make Believe; Old Man River; Dearly Beloved; Why Do I Love You; A Fine Romance; Maybe You’re The One.

That's My Kick

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: That’s My Kick; The Shadow Of Your Smile; Like It Is; It Ain’t Necessarily So; Autumn Leaves; Blue Moon; More; Gaslight; Nervous Waltz; Passing Through; Afinidad; She Walked On.

Campus Concert

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Indiana (Back Home Again In Indiana); Stardust; Mambo Erroll; Lulu's Back In Town; Almost Like Being In Love; My Funny Valentine; These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You); In The Still Of The Night; Le Petite Mambo.

Pharoah Sanders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Feed Your Head

Read "Pharoah Sanders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Feed Your Head" reviewed by Chris May

Fellow tenor-wielding sonic adventurer Albert Ayler famously described his own and Pharoah Sanders' relationships with their mentor John Coltrane thus: “Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost." The epigram goes some way to capturing the scorched-earth ferocity of much, though not all, of Sanders' music in the 1960s. But Ayler ...

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Jorge Roeder: El Suelo Mío

Read "El Suelo Mío" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Let's not call it pandemic music. Yes, it is a solo recording, but Jorge Roeder conceived of and recorded El Suelo Mío before this world wide pandemic. The bassist is a member of John Zorn's New Masada Quartet, Ryan Keberle's Catharsis, and Julian Lage's ensembles, to name just a few. He has a sound that is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Erroll Garner: Erroll Garner Plays Gershwin & Kern

Read "Erroll Garner Plays Gershwin & Kern" reviewed by Chris May

The British newspaper The Times once nailed Abdullah Ibrahim's appeal thus: “There are few musicians in jazz who can make you feel that essentially all is right in the world." The late Erroll Garner is another pianist whose music could be similarly described. You might argue that Ibrahim's task is harder, because much of his work ...


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