This CD presents Garner's complete 1957 LP Other Voices, for the first time ever on CD. The album marks Garner's debut recording with orchestral accompaniment. Since he couldn't read music, arrangements were made in association with the famous pianist-arranger Nat Pierce (celebrated for his work with Woody Herman).
The program presents five well-known standards, as well as five originals by Erroll, including an unforgettable version of his classic tune Misty. The band includes such important musicians as Herbie Mann, Urbie Green, Hal McKusick, Ray Copeland and Paul Quinichette.
As a bonus, a trio and solo versions of the same tunes, which can be compared to Garner's approach on the orchestra tracks.
01. Misty 3:16
02. The Very Thought Of You 3:25
03. It Might As Well Be Spring 4:33
04. Dreamy 3:04
05. I Didn't Know What Time It Was 3:34
06. Moments Delight 3:17
07. On The Street Where You Live 3:02
08. Other Voices 2:57
09. This Is Always 4:13
10. Solitaire 2:46
11. Misty (Trio Version, 1954) 2:46*
12. It Might As Well Be Spring (Solo Version, 1954) 8:32*
13. Dreamy (Trio Version, 1956) 4:40*
14. Solitaire (Solo Version, 1955) 6:28*
15. Dreamy (Trio Version, Live, 1957) 3:09*
16. Misty (Trio Version, Live, 1956) 2:56*
Total time: 62:45 min.
Tracks #1-10, originally issued as "Other Voices" (Columbia CL1014)
(*) Bonus tracks not on the original album
Erroll Garner, piano in al tracks.
Arrangements by Erroll Garner, in association with Nat Pierce
Orchestra under the direction of MITCH MILLER
Colective personel includes: Bernie Glow, Ray Copeland, Burt Colins, Alvin Goldberg, Doug Metome, Phil Sunkel (tp), Urbie Gren, Burt Colins, Frank Rehak, Bil Elton, George Monte, Eddie Bert, Jim Dahl (tb), Gene Allen, Sam Marowitz, Hal McKusick, Herbie Man, Anthony Ortega Dick Meldonian, John Hafer, Charlie O'Kane (reeds), Julius Held, Arnold Eidus, Julius Schachter, Daniel Guilet, Max Holander, Seymour Mirof, Sylvan Shulman, Gene Orlof, Hary Glickman (violin), Isadore Zir, Harold Coleta Coleta (viola), Maurice Brown, Milton Lomask (cello), Al Hall, Milt Hinton (b), Specs Powel, Osie Johnson (d).
Recorded in New York, September 2, 1956, and May 27 & 31, 1957
Track #11: Erroll Garner (p), Wyatt Ruther (b), Fats Ford (d).
Recorded in Chicago, on July 27, 1954
Track #12: Erroll Garner (solo piano).
Recorded in Detroit, Michigan, on July 7, 1954
Track #13: Erroll Garner (p) Al Hall (b), Specs Powell (d).
Recorded in New York, on June 7, 1956
Track #14: Erroll Garner (solo piano).
Recorded in New York, on March 14, 1955
Track #15: Erroll Garner (p), Eddie Calhoun (b), Kelly Martin (d).
Recorded live at Peacock Lane, Hollywood, March, 1957
Track #16: Erroll Garner (p), Eddie Calhoun (b), Denzil Best (d).
Recorded live at Basin Street, New York, on May 5, 1956
Columbia sessions produced by George Avakian