DVD: Erroll Garner

Erroll Garner Live in ’63 & ’64 (Jazz Icons). Garner’s lingering image is of an imp, an elf who smiled and bounced his way into the public’s hearts at the end of an era when “jazz” and “popular” still appeared in the same sentences in Billboard and Variety. Lest we forget: he was a pianist with formidable, if unconventional, technique and a sly master of harmonic and rhythmic surprise. These concerts from Belgium and Sweden capture Garner and his faithful rhythm companions Eddie Calhoun and Kelly Martin giving enthusiastic audiences more than their francs and kronor worth.

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