Monday, June 15, 2015

Sony Legacy to Release Erroll Garner Masterpiece 'The Complete Concert By the Sea'

Sony Legacy to Release Erroll Garner Masterpiece 'The Complete Concert By the Sea':

 Erroll Garner
Courtesy of Sony Legacy
Esteemed jazz pianist Erroll Garner will be the focus of an upcoming 60th anniversary tribute from Sony Legacy. The Complete Concert By the Sea will be released on Sept. 18, 2015 -- the 60th anniversary of the original live concert produced in Carmel, Calif.

The three-CD box set, being released jointly by Sony Legacy and Octave Music Publishing Corp., is available for pre-order on Amazon. In addition to 11 previously unreleased tracks, the package includes the digitally restored and remastered edition of the original edited 1956 Columbia release. Bonus material -- featuring interviews with Garner and namesake trio members Denzil DaCosta Best and Eddie Calhoun plus announcer commentary -- round out the offering.

In making the announcement today, Garner’s birthday, Sony Legacy president Adam Block states, “Concert By the Sea is a marvelous, mystical album that has been allowed to dangle on the periphery of broader recognition for far too long. This is a significant release -- critically important to the preservation of one of the truly epic moments in live recorded performances.”

Liner note writers include jazz pianist Geri Allen, who also produced the complete live concert recording with Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Rosenthal. Allen additionally serves as director of jazz studies at the University of Pittsburgh, which will be the permanent home of the Erroll Garner Archive.

The original recording of Concert By the Sea helped foster the start of the longstanding Monterey Jazz Festival. To mark that historical note, the 58th Monterey Jazz Festival will present a tribute performance on the album’s Sept. 18 release date. Among the performers will be Jason Moran, Jimmie Cobb and Allen.

Garner was an influential piano virtuoso known for his swing playing and his most famous composition, the jazz standard "Misty." The Pittsburgh native died in 1977.
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