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GARNER,ERROLL - CLASSIC ALBUMS COLLECTION COMPACT DISC

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Esteemed American jazz pianist and composer Erroll Garner, known for his early swing playing, his ballads - his best-known composition, 'Misty', has become a jazz standard - and later his experimentations, particularly his re-interpretations of musical theatre scores, was, in...

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Esteemed American jazz pianist and composer Erroll Garner, known for his early swing playing, his ballads - his best-known composition, 'Misty', has become a jazz standard - and later his experimentations, particularly his re-interpretations of musical theatre scores, was, in the words of Allmusic. Com's Scott Yarrow; "one of the most distinctive of all pianists" and, "a brilliant virtuoso. " Garner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the height of his career in 1960. Born in 1923 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to an African-American family, the infant was a twin with brother Ernest. Erroll began learning piano at the age of three, while his elder siblings were taught by one Miss Bowman, and from an early age Erroll would sit and play anything she had demonstrated, He attended George Westinghouse High School, as did fellow pianists Billy Strayhorn and Ahmad Jamal. Garner was self-taught and remained an "ear player" all his life - he never learned to read music. At the age of seven, he began appearing on radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh with a group called the Candy Kids, and by 11, he was playing on the Allegheny riverboats. At age 14 in 1937, he formed a duo with local saxophonist Leroy Brown. This collection brings together eight original albums from the more contemporary period in the career of Erroll Garner, recorded between 1955 and 1961 for the Columbia Records label. An era which, according to fans and critics alike, witnessed much of his most interesting work, this set functions as an ideal starting point for those new to Garner's music, and a welcome reminder of the man's genius for the already well versed.

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