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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and difficult, 7 Sept. 2008
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S J Buck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Erroll Garner Songbook: The First Definitive Folio of Erroll Garner: 1 (Paperback)
Erroll Garner was a brilliant and unique Jazz pianist. With no formal musical training he devoloped his own completely recognisable style that required excellent technique and rhythmic flexibilty between the two hands.

This volume of sheet music was played to Erroll Garner in 1976 before he died and he was happy with the results. The book is split into 3 main sections 'Garner Swings', 'Garner Ballads' and 'Garner's Latin Moods'. With twenty tunes in total you get a chance to play in the diferent styles that Garner played in. The results (if you can play them!) are very impressive.

In most cases they are based on actual Garner performances, so if you own Concert by the Sea you can listen to Mambo Carmel to find out how the master played it. A discography is provided at the back so you'll know which albums to buy to hear the right versions.

I suspect in a few cases these have been simplified slightly. However apart from the inclusion of a vocal version of Misty, none of these are for beginners! Obviously Garners famous lag canot be notated but the producers of this volume are to be congratulated on the notes they provide on how to interpret the sheet music.

This is difficult to get hold of now, but if you can find a copy its well worth it.
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