Ep. #58: Featuring Chester Gregory (C.H.E.S.S.) and Kay-Ta Matsuno
Erroll Garner, modern jazz era’s most exciting pianist, is revered for all of his 196 published songs, but he is even more provocatively lionized for his extraordinary live performances and subsequent recordings of his solo piano piece, “Misty”. And yes, the same song is the title song from Clint Eastwood’s frightening and frighteningly successful film Play Misty For Me.
Garner composed the piece in 1954. Later on, lyrics with a challenging 2-octave range for singers were added by Johnny Burke. History was made when Johnny Mathis sang it.
“It’s the song I am most proud of, because I did it myself…I loved Erroll Garner so much. He was a wonderful musician, a genius really, because he couldn’t read music…I was so proud that I had heard the tune when I was very young when there were no words to it, and that I kept my promise to record it, and I did it in a way that would last over a couple of lifetimes.” – Johnny Mathis
MUSE/IQUE’s Kay-Ta Matsuno joins Chester Gregory (C.H.E.S.S.) for this Great American Songbook favorite.
Johnny Mathis and Erroll Garner