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The Women Jacketed By Records

As I remember her, Erroll Garner was attractive and self-confident. Waves of reddish-brown hair swung skyward behind her left ear. Narrowed blue eyes peered from … Read More "The Women Jacketed By Records"
As I remember her, Erroll Garner was attractive and self-confident. Waves of reddish-brown hair swung skyward behind her left ear. Narrowed blue eyes peered from … Read More "The Women Jacketed By Records"
As I remember her, Erroll Garner was attractive and self-confident. Waves of reddish-brown hair swung skyward behind her left ear. Narrowed blue eyes peered from … Read More "The Women Jacketed By Records"
As I remember her, Erroll Garner was attractive and self-confident. Waves of reddish-brown hair swung skyward behind her left ear. Narrowed blue eyes peered from … Read More "The Women Jacketed By Records"
As I remember her, Erroll Garner was attractive and self-confident. Waves of reddish-brown hair swung skyward behind her left ear. Narrowed blue eyes peered from … Read More "The Women Jacketed By Records"

As I remember her, Erroll Garner was attractive and self-confident. Waves of reddish-brown hair swung skyward behind her left ear. Narrowed blue eyes peered from under thin, arched brows. Perhaps she wore too much lipstick, but the red oval circling neat white teeth almost matched the enhanced curve of her lashes. The record jacket squarely framed the slender face with a teasing hint of bare shoulders below. The album’s upbeat title? The Most Happy Piano. It floated above her in empty space, her name graphed along a keyboard that bordered the bottom edge.

I found the album the way most children discover new things, by rooting through their parents’ belongings. From around the age of 12, I would sit on the carpet in front of the cabinet, pulling out records that piqued my curiosity. Most of it was classical music: “Scheherazade,” “Swan Lake” and the “1812 Overture.” But other titles came from my father’s brief stint in the Columbia Record Club. It took me longer to investigate those artists-Brubeck, Ellington and others on exclusive samplers for club members-but the enchanting Erroll looked like fun, someone I could relate to, a chic and enticing example of the performer’s life.

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