Album reviews with Ian Sinclair: June 22, 2020

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Album reviews with Ian Sinclair: June 22, 2020


Erroll Garner
Feeling Is Believing
(Octave Music)

BEST-known for his best-selling and swinging 1955 live record Concert By The Sea, US jazz pianist Erroll Garner was a legend in his own lifetime, though arguably he never quite received the critical acclaim he deserved.

A 1970 album of reinterpretations of popular songs, Feeling Is Believing is one of 12 Garner albums being restored and rereleased and it will hopefully raise the profile of the self-taught maestro a little. The song choices, such as The Look Of Love and The Supremes’ You Turned Me Around, very much feel like an attempt to stay relevant.

But what could have been embarrassing turns out to be a wonderful showcase of Garner’s distinctive talent, with his playing inventive, lively and accessible. The Beatles’ Yesterday is transformed into a bluesy stomp, while he blasts through Stevie Wonder’s For Once In My Life.
A joyous set.

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