Erroll Garner (1921-1977)

September marked the 50th anniversary of the recording of jazz pianist Erroll Garner‘s classic album Concert By the Sea. Sony Records celebrates the anniversary of this classic record with the two-CD set called The Complete Concert By the Sea.

The entire concert is now available which includes many previously unreleased tracks plus a rare interview with Garner. A recent documentary called Erroll Garner (No One Can Hear You Read) is also available on DVD.

Garner was immensely popular during his short life but for some inexplicable reason has sort of fallen off the radar since 1977. These two projects hopefully rectify that situation.

Elvis Costello (new autobiography)

I have been reading the new autobiography by Declan MacManus or, as he is better known, Elvis Costello. It is called “Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink”.

It is well written but that is hardly surprising given his skill with words as exhibited in many of his songs.

I am not a fan of all of his stuff. His voice can at times seem a tad hectoring and sometimes he gets a bit too wordy for me but there is no denying that at his best he is among the best songwriters of my generation. And there is no denying that he continually grows as an artist.

I especially like his album “Imperial Bedroom” and the fine collaboration he did with Burt Bacharach called “Painted by Memory”.