The Erroll Garner item on Rifftides the other day touched something in the readership. Comments are still rolling in. You’ll find them by clicking on “Comments,” at the end of the original post. This one from Hans C. Doerrscheidt in Germany included links:
Thanks for the YouTube link of the great E.G! I remember finding the Concert By the Sea CD in the grab-box near the cashier in a supermarket (in a German small town!) in the early 90s. I’ve loved it ever since.
There’s a great DVD available of Erroll’s gig at the British Jazz 625 TV show from the mid-60s.
A lot of times I’ve read the anecdotes about Erroll using a phone book to add height to the stool, and only when watching the DVD I finally understood that it was actually to achieve his fairly unusual playing position – arms almost straight, hips on or above keyboard level – rather than because of his fairly small stature. (For a contrast on the other end of the “unusual playing position” scale, compare this Glenn Gould clip.
Gould: another force of nature. And if you are a student of piano keyboard positions, you know about Bill Evans. Here’s a refresher course.