Erroll Garner Trio – Reverie (1949)


Erroll Garner (c.1921/1923-1977)

Erroll Garner was an American jazz pianist and composer. He is most well known for his swing playing and jazz ballad playing. Of all the compositions he wrote, his most famous piece was ‘Misty’ which became a jazz standard. Garner had his own trio which he performed and recorded with. Here is a recording done in 1949 of a jazzy version of Claude Debussy’s Reverie (Dreaming) piece for solo piano. It is played by Erroll Garner and his trio.

For comparison, here is Debussy’s Reverie played the way it was originally composed by pianist Menahem Pressler.

Claude Debussy – “Reverie” arranged for Harmonium and Piano by Jonathan Scott (performed by the Scott Brothers Duo)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Claude Debussy was a French impressionist composer and pianist. His style of composition was greatly influenced by Javanese music he heard in Paris in 1889. To Debussy each piece of music was its own sound world.

Here is an interesting arrangement of a piece called “Reverie” (Dreaming) by Debussy which was originally composed for the piano. Jonathan Scott (harmonium) and his brother Tom Scott (piano) perform Jonathan’s arrangement of “Reverie” for harmonium and piano. I hope that you enjoy this arrangement.