“A typically unique version of a standard from the great pianist”
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Erroll Garner was a true original from his early days in the mid-1940s through the next three decades.
This performance, from the admirable British television series Jazz 625 in 1964, features Garner really cooking on Fats Waller’s “Honeysuckle Rose.”
After a long introduction that includes some stride piano and boogie-woogie without hinting at all at what was to come, Garner launches into “Honeysuckle Rose” at a fast tempo while bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Kelly Martin manage to keep up.
After a boppish segment, Garner shows just how powerful a stride pianist he could be, which is particularly impressive considering that in his career he rarely engaged in striding.
This performance is filled with pure happiness.
Erroll Garner, piano
Eddie Calhoun, bass
Kelly Martin, drums
– Scott Yanow