Editors’ Notes With Mack Avenue rolling out these reissues for the Octave Remastered Series over a number of years, the hope is that Erroll Garner, most famously the composer of “Misty,” will ascend in people’s consciousnesses as one of the greatest pianists that jazz has ever known. Yet for all his outsize virtuosity, Garner also functions seamlessly as a cog in a tight and effective small ensemble, as is clear on That’s My Kick, which takes its place alongside Nightconcert, Dreamstreet, and the rest of the fine Octave remasters.

That’s My Kick presents Garner mainly with bassist Milt Hinton, guitarist Wally Richardson, drummer Herbert Lovelle, and conguero José Mangual (other players appear as well) in a bristling set of original music plus choice adaptions of Gershwin, Johnny Mandel, and Rodgers & Hart. Garner’s sheer command of the instrument, his tone colors and lyricism, his ebullient swing and ceaseless ideas have an immediately gripping effect. Even his audible grunting on the leadoff original “That’s My Kick” is perfectly placed and musical (the tune itself might nod in the direction of “I Get a Kick Out of You”).

SONG
That’s My Kick (Remastered 2020)
1
2:51
 
The Shadow of Your Smile (Remastered 2020)
2
4:02
 
Like It Is (Remastered 2020)
3
2:47
 
It Ain't Necessarily So (Remastered 2020)
4
3:35
 
Autumn Leaves (Remastered 2020)
5
3:25
 
Blue Moon (Remastered 2020)
6
2:47
 
More (Remastered 2020)
7
2:59
 
Gaslight (Remastered 2020)
8
4:34
 
Nervous Waltz (Remastered 2020)
9
3:26
 
Passing Through (Remastered 2020)
10
2:41
 
Afinidad (Remastered 2020)
11
2:57
 
She Walked On (Remastered 2020)
12
3:46