Erroll Garner “Nightconcert” Out July 13 on Octave/Mack Avenue

1964 concert recording at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw contains newly discovered Garner original

Erroll Garner Amsterdam 1964
Courtesy of Octave/Mack Avenue Records

Erroll Garner at the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw, November 7, 1964

Octave Music continues to add to the posthumous discography of pianist Erroll Garner. Nightconcert, the label’s third archival Garner release in three years, will be available July 13 on CD and deluxe double vinyl, as part of Octave’s new partnership with Mack Avenue Records.

Nightconcert captures a midnight show at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw on November 7, 1964. Garner was backed that night by the rhythm section he’d favored for nearly a decade, bassist Eddie Calhoun and drummer Kelly Martin. Together they played 13 selections from the Great American Songbook—including “Night and Day,” “Where or When,” “On Green Dolphin Street,” and “Laura”—as well as three Garner originals. One of the latter, “That Amsterdam Swing,” has never previously appeared on an album.

The full track listing for Nightconcert is:

“Where or When”
“Easy to Love”
“On Green Dolphin Street”
“Theme from A New Kind of Love (All Yours)”
“Night and Day”
“Cheek to Cheek”
“My Funny Valentine”
“Gypsy in My Soul”
“That Amsterdam Swing”
“Over the Rainbow”
“What Is This Thing Called Love”
“Laura”
“When Your Lover Has Gone”
“No More Shadows”
“’S Wonderful”
“Thanks for the Memory”

The two previous Octave releases of archival recordings from the Garner Estate have both received wide critical praise. The Complete Concert by the Sea, an expanded version of Garner’s classic 1955 live album, was named 2016 historical record of the year by the Jazz Journalist Association and nominated for a Grammy and an NAACP Image Award. Ready Take One, a collection of studio outtakes, was also nominated for an Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album.

Read JazzTimes reviews of Erroll Garner’s The Complete Concert by the Sea and Ready Take One.