The Definitive George Shearing
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||September in the Rain||George Shearing||3:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)||George Shearing||3:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Conception||George Shearing||2:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'll Remember April||George Shearing||2:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tenderly||George Shearing||3:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Geneva's Move||George Shearing Quintet||2:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Pick Yourself Up||George Shearing||2:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'll Be Around||George Shearing||2:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do?)||George Shearing||3:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Lullaby of Birdland||George Shearing||2:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Love Is Just Around the Corner||George Shearing||2:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mambo Inn||George Shearing||2:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Memories Of You||George Shearing||4:24||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Señor Blues||George Shearing||3:48||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Caravan||George Shearing||4:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Jordu||George Shearing||4:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||You Came A Long Way From St. Louis (feat. George Shearing)||Peggy Lee||2:47||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Jumpin' With Symphony Sid||George Shearing||3:52||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Nearness of You (feat. Nancy Wilson)||George Shearing||2:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||What Is This Thing Called Love||George Shearing||4:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Over The Rainbow||George Shearing||2:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
British-born pianist George Shearing's work for the MGM and Capitol record labels from the late '40s to the early '60s is collected on this 21-track compilation. Beginning with four tracks recorded for MGM in 1949 with his unique quintet of guitar, bass, drums, and vibraphone (which would double the melody he was playing with his right hand), Shearing's piano work is always tasteful and guaranteed to swing. Although the players regularly changed, he stuck with the quintet with vibraphone format throughout this period. Of special note are the three tracks included where Shearing backs up vocalists: 1951's "You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do?)" featuring Billy Eckstine, 1959's "You Came a Long Way From St. Louis" with Peggy Lee, and 1960's "The Nearness of You" featuring Nancy Wilson. There are also two solo tracks ("Tenderly" from 1950 and "Memories of You" from 1960) and one trio track ("What Is This Thing Called Love" from 1962). This disc does a very nice job of capturing the laid-back sound of Shearing and is a good place to start a collection of his work. It is also recommended to anyone looking for an album of quiet, romantic piano tunes.
Oh man pick yourself up
Cool jazz, really really cool, frosty, smooth, dacquiri crushed ice and silken chord changes with elevator music vibes and you just can't get riled when listening to Lullaby of Birdland, East of the Sun, or any of this creamy celebration of life.
Be Careful It's My Ears
Just playing with a great Shearing melody, but this is not the kind of mix I like. It contains some very old quartet sessions that are noisy, quite audibly "thin", and while historic, get in the way of being mixed with some later 60's remastered sets.
This all leads to confusion as to the audible settings and also to the mood of the listening experience. It is kind of like listening to a recoding of Caruso from the 30's and mixing it with a 60's type session were that possible.
The tunes selected are great, but to prove a point, the trio track does little good for the Peggy Lee session. As a one disc fits all effort, buy one of the Capitol or Concord "Best of" or the remarkable telarc quintet issues.
Born: August 13, 1919 in London, England
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s