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Published on Oct 24, 2012
Called one of the most distinctive of all pianists by jazz writer Scott Yanow, Garner showed that a creative jazz musician can be very popular without watering down his music or changing his personal style. He is referred to as a "brilliant virtuoso who sounded unlike anyone else", using an "orchestral approach straight from the swing era but ...open to the innovations of bop." Garner's ear and technique owed as much to practice as to a natural gift. His distinctive style could swing like no other, but some of his best recordings are ballads, such as his best-known composition, "Misty". "Misty" rapidly became a jazz standard -- and was famously featured in Clint Eastwood's film Play Misty for Me.