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Erroll Garner: The Complete Concert by the Sea

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Concert by the Sea, the recording of Erroll Garner’s Sept. 19, 1955, performance in Carmel, Calif., immediately became and remains one of the best-selling albums in jazz. But one always suspected that Garner’s trio played more music that day than the 41 minutes committed to record. The initial CD reissue, a slapdash job that came out in 1987, was serviceable but muddy. Now, finally, 60 years after that historic concert, we get what is purported to be the concert in its entirety, along with improved fidelity via a new mastering.

The amount of music has doubled. Eleven of the 22 tunes were previously unreleased, and announcements and an interview with the trio are included in the three-CD The Complete Concert by the Sea. (The full concert program, as it occurred, unfolds over the first two discs; the third presents the previously released 11 songs in the order they appeared on the original Concert by the Sea.)

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