Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from George Shearing Selected Favorites, Vol. 1 by George Shearing, download iTunes now.

Do you already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

George Shearing Selected Favorites, Vol. 1

Open iTunes to preview, buy and download music.

Album Review

Some of George Shearing's least familiar recordings come from the period in which he released them on Sheba (his own mail order label), which ceased operations in 1971, around the time he divorced his first wife. This trio session with bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Harvey Mason finds the pianist in a playful mood, covering standards and less familiar songs, along with a few surprises. "I Can't Get Started" starts in a rather subdued setting before Shearing raises a dramatic crescendo to wrap it, with Simpkins switching to playing arco. "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," the old folk song dating from Civil War, is adapted into an unusual bop setting. It is as if the music approaches and passes by the listener, just as if the players were soldiers, though the ending is a bit corny, incorporating someone walking down a hallway and shutting a door. It's hard not to smile when hearing the delicious take of the country-western favorite "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," which extensively showcases Simpkins, though Shearing adds a wild bop chorus. [The Koch CD reissue adds a previously unissued track, a rather funky take of "Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year."]


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...
Full bio

Top Albums and Songs by George Shearing