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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The quintet formula that George Shearing popularized on his many recordings for over three decades before disbanding it in 1978 has been occasionally revived by the pianist; this edition features Shearing's longtime bassist Neil Swainson and preferred drummer Dennis Mackrel, along with vibraphonist Don Thompson and guitarist Reg Schwager both of whom are first-rate soloists as well as strong ensemble players. This live recording at Birdland of course, not the identical club honored in Shearing's famous composition is so intimate it's as if the listener is seated right in front of the stage. He shares his usual mix of cool and bop, including the swinging "Fly Me to the Moon" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The quintet formula that George Shearing popularized on his many recordings for over three decades before disbanding it in 1978 has been occasionally revived by the pianist; this edition features Shearing's longtime bassist Neil Swainson and preferred drummer Dennis Mackrel, along with vibraphonist Don Thompson and guitarist Reg Schwager both of whom are first-rate soloists as well as strong ensemble players. This live recording at Birdland of course, not the identical club honored in Shearing's famous composition is so intimate it's as if the listener is seated right in front of the stage. He shares his usual mix of cool and bop, including the swinging "Fly Me to the Moon" and an exotic take of "Speak Low," as well as infrequently heard gems such as the lush "That Sunday That Summer." Shearing is still one of the best ballad interpreters, as heard on his solo versions of "Just Imagine" and "High on a Windy Hill." Jazz classics include a sauntering, confident take of Ellington's "Drop Me Off in Harlem," a driving "Joy Spring," a turbocharged "Donna Lee," and the inevitable request for Shearing's "Lullaby of Birdland," in which he throws the audience a wild curve by setting it up with his well-worn punchline and then briefly launching into "Satin Doll" as a gag. This is one of the rare live recordings that captures the true flavor of an artist on stage, and it should be an essential acquisition for anyone who enjoys George Shearing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2001
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408352423
  • Catalog Number: 83524
  • Sales rank: 79,511

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fly Me to the Moon - George Shearing (7:27)
  2. 2 Drop Me off in Harlem - George Shearing (8:32)
  3. 3 Sunday, Monday or Always - George Shearing (2:57)
  4. 4 Speak Low - George Shearing (6:30)
  5. 5 Joy Spring - George Shearing (8:27)
  6. 6 That Sunday That Summer - George Shearing (5:06)
  7. 7 Donna Lee - George Shearing (6:45)
  8. 8 Just Imagine (From Good News) - George Shearing (5:05)
  9. 9 High on a Windy Hill - George Shearing (3:05)
  10. 10 Subconscious Lee - George Shearing (8:05)
  11. 11 Lullaby of Birdland - George Shearing (7:41)
  12. 12 Loot to Boot - George Shearing (2:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Shearing Quintet Primary Artist, Track Performer
George Shearing Piano, Indexed Contributor
Neil Swainson Bass
Dennis Mackrel Drums
Reg Schwager Guitar
Don Thompson Quartet Vibes
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
George Shearing Arranger, Liner Notes
Neil Swainson Arranger
Ogden Nash Composer
Jack Renner Engineer
John Snyder Producer
Robert Woods Executive Producer
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
Dale Sheets Management
Bart Howard Composer
A.M. Brunner Composer
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