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Erroll Garner - In Performance
Erroll Garner - In Performance
Actors: Erroll Garner, Kelly Martin, Eddie Calhoun
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2002     1hr 12min

Studio: Kultur Release Date: 07/27/2004 Run time: 72 minutes


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Actors: Erroll Garner, Kelly Martin, Eddie Calhoun
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Jazz
Studio: White Star
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 07/01/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/1964
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1964
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 12min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Goodness gracious
Daniel Fineberg | Northridge, California USA | 09/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I heard that they were releasing a DVD of Erroll Garner in performance--a full 70 minutes from a 1964 BBC special--I just about hit the ceiling. By 1964, Garner was quite out of fashion, what with the avant-garde ramblings of Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman and the likes taking center stage, but he had lost very little of his power. Now, years later, all those experimental trends fall away in the presence of Garner's genius. He's joined that uppermost level of jazz pianists--along with Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Monk, Bill Evans, and a tiny handful of others who have become genres of one...singular geniuses. Garner, like Monk, like Tatum, used all of the keyboard, making 88 keys sound like 188. He was a one-man orchestra. But even more astonishing than his technique was his fresh interpretation of standards, almost like intense studies of the compositions. He'd take a tune like "Autumn Leaves" or "I Cover the Waterfront", slow them down, expose and explore every nuance of the melody, make it new. His playing was often baroque, often complex, but always beautiful, and he never even learned to read music. This performance has about 17 tunes, though strangely, he does not play "Misty", his extraordinary signature tune that he played night after night. However, the guys behind the DVD had their thinking caps on, and added an audio performance of it. Now you're out of excuses."
The Man that piano was invented for
jojo | Los Angeles, CA | 09/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Where do I begin..? My GOD..from the minute He started to play...tears came to my could anybody be so~~ good..and sensitive..? leave it to British to preserve our national treasures...Eroll Garner plays piano in this DVD(live in BBC in England) with his working group..his famous introductions that leaves no clue as to what's coming up...including his own band pure Gold..and pure smooth he enters the tune..and how smooth everybody else follows behind comprihension for commen men...I am a Jazz musician..and anytime I see this DVD I am very happy but also in the same time sick to my stomach that there are or there were human beings who were so~~ good..playing their'nt think twice just get the no longer them to your them to the teens that they think they know who the cool musicians them to who ever will them an American ican at his best....need I say more...?"
High level entertainment
Kurt Starlit | Copenhagen, xxx Denmark | 02/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Having heard most of Garner's piano works - including "Solo Time" and "Concert by the Sea" - I agree with mr. Nevagich on the musical quality of this DVD.
It is a BBC production showing the Erroll Garner trio entertaining a London audience, circa 1964.
Being a black-and-white recording in mono, sound and picture quality still has got a reasonable level.
This is the first time I see Garner live, and was VERY impressed musically, technically and on a personal level.
Errol Garner had this inexplicable charisma, which is adding to his performance - something I am sure people will appreciate when watching him.
In his hands just about any piano-technical difficulty LOOKS easy. A sign of class, I would say.
Kelly Martin on drums and Eddy Calhoun on bass are clever musicians backing him up in an intelligent way. It is obvious that they all are having a good time. This includes the audience who is working like "a fourth member of the group", as someone (maybe Garner himself) once said.
As usual nothing is decided, Garner just plays whatever he feels, Martin and Calhoun follow their leader.
That is what jazz is all about: playing what you feel.
Garner was mentally and technically able of carrying this out into practice.
The man for whom the piano was invented, someone said.
The best piano player there ever was, says I.Kurt Starlit
February 21, 2003"
Anthony Byrne | Dublin Ireland | 09/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is simply the most amazing DVD of a jazz concert. Erroll Garner is perhaps the most musical, talented, natural and gifted piano player I have ever heard. I have always been a fan and if you are a fan or not get this DVD, you won;t regret it. One thing, Amazon have it coded region 1 but it played on my region 2 player. I think its open coded(Amazon please note) so it should work everywhere."