Mack Avenue Music Group and Octave Music proudly announce the Octave Remastered Series, a historic year-long, 12-album project featuring newly restored and expanded editions of classic Erroll Garner releases from the 1960s and 1970s. Each album contains a newly discovered, unreleased bonus track. Utilizing the Plangent Process playback system for analog tape, these new transfers were remastered and, when needed, remixed by the GRAMMY® Award-winning Garner team.
The Octave Remastered Series -- produced by Peter Lockhart and Steve Rosenthal -- continues Garner’s resurgence, following his return to the top of the Billboard Jazz chart with 2015’s GRAMMY® Award-nominated The Complete Concert by the Sea, which was the first release from the Erroll Garner Jazz Project—a collective formed to curate Garner’s monumental archive. The Garner Project followed The Complete Concert by the Sea with the critically acclaimed, newly unearthed studio record Ready Take One in 2016, and the midnight concert album Nightconcert, which reached #1 on the iTunes and Amazon jazz charts upon its release in 2018.
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.
The master tapes for all 12 albums in the series were transferred and restored using the Plangent playback system. Employing a wideband tape head, preamp and DSP package to capture and track the original recorder’s ultrasonic bias remnant, the Plangent Process removes the wow and flutter and FM/IM distortion from the recorded audio. This returns the listener to the original session experience, bringing to life Garner’s incomparable performances of his own compositions, as well as classic works from the jazz canon.
During his 40-year career, Garner published more than 200 compositions, the most famous of which, “Misty,” was ranked by ASCAP as the twelfth most popular song of the 20th century. Since 1954 no other song has been recorded by more jazz artists except Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll.” In 1971, “Misty” was the centerpiece of jazz aficionado Clint Eastwood’s film Play Misty For Me. It has also been featured in numerous television shows (Cheers, Saturday Night Live, Magnum PI, The Muppet Show) and films (Oscar® nominated Silver Linings Playbook). A previously unreleased studio performance of “Misty” is included in the Octave Remastered Series, on the Gemini album.
The newly minted bonus tracks in the series are all Garner originals, eight of the 12 being previously unreleased compositions. “It’s truly shocking, and one of the greatest joys of this work, to find these fully realized tunes just sitting there on tape,” says Peter Lockhart, senior producer of the Octave Remastered Series.
One of the most prolific composers and performers in the history of jazz, as well as a courageous advocate for African-American empowerment and artistic freedom, Garner is a legend among jazz pianists. His unique approach melds bebop and swing influences into a unique, unrivaled mastery.
Asked to define his musical genius, the late pianist Geri Allen, who was director of the jazz program in Garner’s hometown at the University of Pittsburgh, best captured the essence of Garner’s utterly original vision. “Erroll Garner personifies the joy of fearless virtuosity and exploration. His playing celebrated the greatest swinging big bands through an innovative and impossible pianism,” she explains. “Singular yet all embracing, Garner blurred the line between great art and popular art, and he was a staunch journeyman of the blues and his Pittsburgh legacy.”
In addition to his brilliant keyboard artistry, Garner is also a notable figure in popular music history for the hard-won precedents he set for artistic freedom that still stand today. In 1959, because he had rights of approval on what was released, Garner successfully sued Columbia Records to remove an album they had released without his permission.
His victory was the first of its kind for any American artist in the music industry. Garner and his manager, Martha Glaser, subsequently founded and launched Octave Records, whose 12 releases make up the Octave Remastered Series.
Erroll Garner was a rare musician who was equally adored and respected by peers and devoted fans alike. He and his art were best summed up by the late trumpeter Clark Terry: “The man was complete. He could do it all.”
Recorded in 1959, the Dreamstreet tapes sat unreleased while Garner fought for control over his catalog. Finally issued in 1961 as the first product of his newly formed Octave Records, it heralded Garner’s return with a set of performances worthy of the wait. A new Garner original, “By Chance,” has been added to the remastered release, restored from the original session reels.
Closeup in Swing
The second product of Garner’s Octave Records, this album features Erroll and his classic trio like they’ve never been heard before, restored and remastered from the original master tapes. Marking the beginning of one of the most prolific periods in his life, this new presentation includes the propulsive, never-before-heard Garner composition, “Octave 103.”
One World Concert
This was Garner’s first live concert album after his chart-topping Concert by the Sea, recorded seven years earlier. A tour-de-force performance makes this a worthy successor, complete with his trademark improvisational fireworks. This new presentation includes extended introductions as well as an unreleased version of the Garner ballad “Other Voices,” which has never been issued in a trio arrangement.
A New Kind of Love
While the emotionally charged music of Erroll Garner is particularly well suited for the big screen and has been used in countless films over the years, he only ever composed this one film score. A natural orchestrator and with an uncanny ability to sound like an entire orchestra by himself, on this record Garner makes singular use of a 35-piece orchestra, conducted by Leith Stevens, to bring his music to new heights.
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- Erroll Garner “Octave Remastered Series” from Mack Avenue Music Group & Octave Music - Mack Avenue Music Group & Octave Music Proudly Announce the Octave Remastered Series Newly Restored and Expanded Editions of 12 Classic Albums from Acclaimed Jazz Legend Erroll Garner First Four Releases – Dreamstreet, Closeup in Swing, One World Concert, A New Kind of Love – Available September 27 One New Remastered Album to Follow Each…
- Erroll Garner | “Nightconcert” | Available July 13 via Mack Avenue Records - Octave Music, in Partnership with Mack Avenue Records, to Release Erroll Garner: Nightconcert – Live Recording at Midnight Concert in November of 1964 at The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam Features Eight Never-Before-Heard Song Interpretations + Newly Discovered Original Song Available July 13 on Mack Avenue Records There are certain musical artists who have transcended genre…
"...presents the jazz great at the peak of his musical genius." - Jazziz
"With “Nightconcert,” we now have a Garner performance spring-loaded
with his most captivating keyboard tricks. As evidenced by the recording,
he made sure his fans left delighted.” - Wall Street Journal
"The music is remarkable for several reasons, chief among
them Garner’s lengthy and elaborately disguised
solo introductions.” - Wall Street Journal
“...Garner’s piano introductions are especially
robust and ambiguous.” - Wall Street Journal
fluent harmonies and his lilting fluidity.” - The New York Times
"Put simply, this is a must listen. A must have.” - All About Jazz
“...Nightconcert is an uplifting, spirit affirming listen and a definitive addition to Garner's glowing canon of posthumous releases.” - All About Jazz
“…Nightconcert is peak Garner, pure and simple,
no holds barred.” - All About Jazz
"Like Louis Armstrong, that other world ambassador of music as a celebration of humanity, Garner leads the music into his open-hearted mischievousness with a deft, irresistible charm and light hand.” - All About Jazz
"Nightconcert contains enough that is new and fresh to make this album
one of the exciting discoveries of the year.” - Arts Fuse
"His invented melodies are singable.” - Arts Fuse
“...one of the year’s greatest discoveries.” - Straight No Chaser
as it was generations ago.” - Jazz History Online
revels in “the sound of surprise”.” - Jazz History Online
job in resurrecting this rare live recording to modern vinyl (which
includes a digital download).” - Audiophile Audition
in the hands of Erroll.” - Audiophile Audition
reassessment and celebration.” - Stereogum
powerful left hand, drawing from stride and early jazz, but he played his
right-hand melodies, which were filled with baroque flourishes,
slightly behind the beat, giving the music a feeling somewhere between
tension and effortless cool.” - Stereogum
legendary pianist Erroll Garner.” - Jazz Weekly
is better recorded with wonderful fidelity and is filled with more
sparks than a 61 Corvette.” - Jazz Weekly
to which you return again and again.” - Jersey Jazz
notes just poured forth in a manner that made his playing stand apart
from all of his peers.” - Jersey Jazz
and up-tempo romps that really stand out with their joy
and exuberant swing.” - L.A. Jazz Scene
dose of essential Erroll Garner.” - L.A. Jazz Scene
but this has to be considered a first tier candidate.
One word: MORE!" - Jazz Weekly
releasing yet another historical recording that keeps Garner’s body of
work alive for a new generation.” - Black Grooves
he proves himself superior in every way.” - Goldmine Magazine
ruled the roost.” - Goldmine Magazine