Erroll Garner Remembered – 1981

Erroll Garner

 

A fascinating interview about a unique pianist

Erroll Garner (1921-77) was a brilliant pianist with his own sound and approach to playing music.

Garner, who did not read music, was influenced by Earl Hines, Art Tatum, Fats Waller, and the stride pianists but always had his own musical personality, one full of joy; his accessible and melodic style made him a major attraction throughout his life.

During this very interesting film from 1981, Ernest McCarty, who played bass with Garner in the early 1970s, talks at length about what it was like to perform with such a talented and spontaneous pianist.

The documentary is full of heartwarming and insightful stories along with many excerpts of the pianist performing in the 1960s that make one even more impressed by the magical playing of Erroll Garner.

-Scott Yanow

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