Gershwin & Kern

“Lovely To Look At”

(Mack Avenue Records)

As with many jazz pianists of his generation, Erroll Garner delved frequently into the songbooks of George Gershwin and Jerome Kern. In 1976, his double-tribute album, Plays Gershwin & Kern, dedicated a side to each man’s songs and featured performances recorded in the 1960s. The album was an anomaly in the pianist’s discography — it was his first full composers’ album. A new reissue of that recording represents the final chapter of the 12-volume Octave Remastered Series, released in partnership with the Mack Avenue label. Accompanied by his familiar rhythm team, bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Kelly Martin, Garner revisits “Lovely To Look At,” a sprightly melody composed by Kern with lyrics by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh. “I don’t know if Erroll knows the lyric of each song he plays,” George Wein wrote in the album’s liner notes, “but I would guess he certainly understands the composer’s intent and then gives each song his own meaning.”

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