The earliest memory I have of listening to jazz is of an LP I received as a Xmas present when I was eight years old (1958!!), Erroll Garner’s, “Concert by the Sea” (which has just been reissued). I vaguely remember thinking, when I grow up I’d love to be able to play the piano like that. I still have the LP and 57 years later it’s still in pristine condition.
Garner’s style was unique. His “locomotive” left hand drove the beat while his right hand, in full octaves or single notes, either hit you right in the nose with the melody or played around it so inventively that your ears would be straining to follow the circuitous path he would trace up and down the keyboard leading inevitably back to a clean statement of the composer’s theme.
One of Cole Porter’s most widely recorded tunes is “You Do Something to Me”. Listen to the way Garner keeps the beat in his left hand and for his distinctive voice as he hums away in the background (no, that’s not another instrument)