Christian Sands' Guide To NIGHTCONCERT - Part One

Creative ambassador and co-producer of the Nightconcert record, pianist Christian Sands leads listeners on a song-by-song journey through side A of Erroll Garner's midnight recording at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw.


 
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Erroll Garner and Nightconcert represent possibilities. He has a full grasp of all musical styles, and you can hear it through his compositions and arrangements on this album.
— Christian Sands

SIDE A


01 WHERE OR WHEN

This arrangement typifies the genius of Erroll Garner, from his flowing solos to his cued shout chorus ideas, each swinging harder than the last.

 

©1937 [w+m] Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart Chappell & Co., Inc.; Williamson Music Co. (ASCAP)


02 EASY TO LOVE

This truly is an “easy to love” arrangement of Easy To Love. It displays Garner’s ability to create beautiful melodies while maintaining his signature swing. He truly captures the soul and the story of Cole Porter’s classic piece.

 

©1934 [w+m] Cole Porter |Chappell & Co., Inc. (ASCAP)


03 ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET

A reading with an upbeat and exciting presence, and a bounce that won’t quit. Moving through keys, and a variety of rhythms, this arrangement showcases the full musical force of Garner and his like-minded counterparts, Eddie Calhoun (b) and Kelly Martin (d).

 

©1947 [m] Bronislaw Kaper, [w] Ned Washington | Patti Washington Music; Catharine Hinen Music/Shapiro Bernstein; Primary Wave Songs/BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP)


 

04 THEME FROM “A NEW KIND OF LOVE” (ALL YOURS)

For longtime fans, this piece is a real gem. Written by Garner to be performed with an orchestra, which he did, directed by Leith Stevens for the 1963 film of the same name, this trio rendition is—in true Erroll Garner fashion—sophisticated, poised and full of imagination.

 

©1973 [m] Erroll Garner | Octave Music Publ Corp./Downtown DLJ Songs (ASCAP)

 

Check back tomorrow for part 2 of this 4 part series.