Saturday, January 28, 2012
A Record a Week: Erroll Garner - Misty
EXACTLY LIKE YOU
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE
WHERE OR WHEN
LOVE IN BLOOM
THROUGH A LONG AND SLEEPLESS NIGHT
THAT OLD FEELING
This is a great and classic swing album. Garner bridges the gap between classic jazz and swing without being too generic or offensive to either style.
This album contains a good collection of songs, including the leading song, Misty, which became a jazz standard covered by several other jazz musicians. The song, first released on 1954's Plays Misty was at that time an instrumental. Lyrics were later added by Johnny Burke and the song re-released on the album Contrasts. This record is a re-release of Plays Misty and includes the lyricized version of the song.
The other songs are equally well-written and engaging, encompassing a bright vision of all elements of jazz. Various time signatures, including at some times different ones played by different hands, meld together at the right time creating an element of suspense-satisfaction as the listener gets drawn in. Even if you can't hear such subtleties (ones I only heard occasionally myself), this album plays out as a great jazz/swing collection.