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Highway Jazz: George Shearing, Vol. 1

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The second volume in a series compiling the highlights of Shearing's tenure on Capitol, this Best of collection includes Shearing's own "Lullaby of Birdland" and Lester Young's "Jumpin' With Symphony Sid," recorded with the aid of sidemen like vibists Gary Burton and Eddie Costa along with drummers Vernell Fournier and Shelly Manne.

Biography

Born: 13 August 1919 in London, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

For a long stretch of time in the 1950s and early '60s, George Shearing had one of the most popular jazz combos on the planet -- so much so that, in the usual jazz tradition of distrusting popular success, he tended to be underappreciated. Shearing's main claim to fame was the invention of a unique quintet sound, derived from a combination of piano, vibraphone, electric guitar, bass, and drums. Within this context, Shearing would play in a style he called "locked hands," which he picked up and refined...
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