Looking back in order to look forward is fundamental to most art forms, maybe none more so than the profound art of jazz. In rare cases, such retrospection can reveal entirely new aspects of the art and its creator, redefining a legacy for a new generation. Such is the case with the genius of Erroll Garner. One of the most popular figures in jazz during his exceptional career, Garner’s legacy is receiving a remarkable reinvigoration through the concerted efforts of Octave Music’s Erroll Garner Project (EGP) and its partnership with Mack Avenue Music Group. Together they are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Garner’s birth with an extraordinary three-tiered release focused on Garner’s output from 1959 to 1975 and featuring a stunning 27-song previously unreleased 1959 concert recorded at Boston’s Symphony Hall.
●3-LP 180-gram black vinyl Complete Symphony Hall Concert (previously unreleased live performance from Boston’s Symphony Hall recorded January 17, 1959)
●1-LP 180-gram white vinyl, SESSIONS (new compilation of Garner originals from the Octave Remastered Series, first time on vinyl)
●3 Essays from Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley (“Octave Records & The Liberation of Erroll Garner”), Terri Lyne Carrington (“Complete Symphony Hall Concert”) and Cécile McLorin Salvant (“Garner, The Visual Artist”)
●6 previously unpublished works of original visual art by Erroll Garner and dozens of previously unseen historic photographs from the Erroll Garner Archive
●Hi-Res 192kHz / 24bit digital master quality audio of the complete 12 album Octave Remastered Series (digital download)
●Housed in hardcover cloth-wrapped 60-page portfolio-style book with tipped-in vinyl sleeves
** all music newly transferred via the Plangent Processes from the original analog master tapes
A self-taught pianist, prolific composer, concert hall artist and recording star, Erroll Garner was one of the most influential jazz pianists during his lifetime. Performing professionally since age seven, he released music on over 40 labels, published nearly 200 compositions, received multiple GRAMMY® nominations and recorded one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, Concert by the Sea, before losing his battle with lung cancer in 1977, at the age of 55.