One of the most prolific performers in the history of jazz, Erroll Garner published more than 200 compositions during his 40-year career. Considered a legend among jazz pianists, his unique approach melds bebop and swing, resulting in music that is accessible and utterly distinct.
In celebration of Garner’s musical contributions, Mack Avenue Music Group and Octave Music are set to release a historic year-long, 12-album project, entitled Octave Remastered Series that features newly restored and expanded editions of classic Erroll Garner releases from the 1960s and 1970s. Utilizing the Plangent Process playback system and subsequently remixed by the GRAMMY Award-winning Garner team, the albums also contain newly discovered, unreleased bonus tracks.
The first four titles in the new series – ‘Dreamstreet’, ‘Closeup in Swing’, ‘One World Concert’, and ‘A New Kind of Love’ – will be released simultaneously on September 27. The subsequent series rollout features one album per month – ‘A Night at the Movies’, ‘Campus Concert’, ‘That’s My Kick’, ‘Up in Erroll’s Room’, ‘Feeling is Believing’, ‘Gemini’, ‘Magician’, and ‘Gershwin & Kern’ – leading up to Garner’s centennial in June 2020.
Garner’s most popular track, “Misty”, was ranked by ASCAP as the twelfth most popular song of the 20th century, and has been featured in numerous television shows and films. As well as being an illustrious musician, Garner was a courageous advocate for African-American empowerment and artistic freedom, which unquestionably added to the adoration and respect he received by peers and devoted fans alike.