Erroll Garner ‎– Contrasts

EmArcy ‎– MG 36001
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 You Are My Sunshine
A2 I've Got The World On A String
A3 7-11 Jump
A4 Part-Time Blues
A5 Rosalie
B1 In A Mellow Tone
B2 Don't Worry 'Bout Me
B3 All Of A Sudden (My Heart Sings)
B4 There's A Small Hotel
B5 Misty
B6 I Wanna Be A Rugcutter


This version: On centerlabels "A High Fidelity Recording" is in just two lines

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
515622Z Erroll Garner Contrasts(CD, Album, RE, RM) Jazz Heritage 515622Z US 1998 Sell This Version
PHCE-4111 Erroll Garner Contrasts(CD, Album, RE) EmArcy PHCE-4111 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
EJD-3011 Erroll Garner Contrasts(CD, Album, RE) EmArcy EJD-3011 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
558 077-2 Erroll Garner Contrasts(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Verve Records 558 077-2 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
CJ-1256 Erroll Garner Erroll Garner Plays(LP, Album) Concert Hall CJ-1256 UK Unknown Sell This Version



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April 19, 2011
Erroll Garner was known for his distinctive and unique style of playing the piano: he often kept the beat in his left hand, which gave his piano playing an almost guitar-like style. This album was recorded in July of 1954, and of the 13 tracks that are on this release, Garner recorded 11 more at this same recording session! (all of them 1st takes!) Joining Erroll on piano are Wyatt Ruther on bass and Eugene "Fats" Heard on Drums, also featured on "Sweet and Lovely" is conga player Candido Camero.
This recording is a great starting point to those interested in Garner's piano style and his solos, which are always inspired and exciting. For those who have not listend to his legendary "Concert by the Sea" or "Gems," I would recommend this as your next step in expanding your Erroll Garner listening adventures. The trio featured on this album was his regular touring trio at the time, and you can tell that the musicians really feed off of eachother's energy. My favorites are Garner's own "7-11 Jump," which is a really lively Bop tune that makes your toes tap, Ellington's beautiful "In a Mellow Tone," and of course, the legendary first recording of Eroll's signature tune "Misty."
As for the title of the album:
"When I was sequencing this session I heard two of Erroll's distinct facets: the romantic balladeer and the hard-driving, swinging guy. So I decided to call the album Contrasts," says Garner's longtime manager (and album producer), Martha Glaser.
This quote really says it all about Erroll and his playing! Pick up a copy of this album and imagine yourself in a dimly lit, smokey jazz bar in the 1950s!