Erroll Garner: Concert by the Sea (1955) 2007

Concert by the Sea

Track list:

01. I’ll Remember April
02. Teach Me Tonight
03. Mambo Carmel
04. Autumn Leaves
05. It’s All Right With Me
06. Red Top
07. April In Paris
08. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
09. How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me
10. Where or When
11. Erroll’s Theme


Erroll Garner – piano;
Eddie Calhoun – bass;
Denzil Best – drums

Recorded: live at Fort Ord army base near Carmel(-by-the-sea), Monterey County, California; September 19, 1955
Released: 1956
Label: Columbia
Cl 883

CK 40589 [1987: CD, re-issue, re-mastered]

Producer: Martha Glaser
Bootleg recording made by: jazz fan and scholar Will Thornbury
re-engineered by: Larry Keyes

Liner Notes: George Avakian
Photography: Art Kane

Re-mastered (1987) by: Michael Brooks

Liner Notes (1987): Stanley Dance
Photography (1987): Bruce Steinberg

Concert by the Sea (1 front 5)


Concert by the Sea was arguably the finest record pianist Erroll Garner ever made, and he made many — a few outstanding — good recordings.

But this live recording (September 19, 1955) with his trio (Eddie Calhoun, bass; Denzil Best, drums) presented a typical Garner program; it was a mixture of originals, show biz, and pop standards delivered with his unique delivery and enthusiasm.

The rhythms and brilliant use of tension and release were perfectly captured.

And while for many jazz listeners, Garner’s deliberate structures were too orchestrated, there was an equal spontaneity in the propulsion of these orchestrations that swung as well as anything.
~Bob Rusch []


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The 2007 Jazzbeat issue (Jazz Beat – 506) includes the complete classic album plus another complete live performance and the original 1954 “Misty” as bonus tracks.
#1-11: Recorded live in Carmel, California, September 19, 1955.
#12-19: Recorded live at World’s Fair, Seattle, August 20-25, 1963.
#20: Recorded in Chicago, July 27, 1954.

12. The Way You Look Tonight
13. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
14. Sweet And Lovely
15. Mack The Knife
16. Lover Come Back
17. Misty
18. Dancing Tambourine
19. Thanks For The Memory
20. Misty