From Battersea to Broadway

From Battersea to Broadway

by George Shearing
     
 
Early recordings by George Shearing have been usually been reissued in a scattershot, rather incomplete fashion, but this 97-track boxed-set compilation includes just about everything he recorded between 1939 and 1951 for labels such as Decca, Parlophone, Ace of Clubs, Savoy, Discovery, and MGM, along with a few songs that made their first appearance a few years ago

Overview

Early recordings by George Shearing have been usually been reissued in a scattershot, rather incomplete fashion, but this 97-track boxed-set compilation includes just about everything he recorded between 1939 and 1951 for labels such as Decca, Parlophone, Ace of Clubs, Savoy, Discovery, and MGM, along with a few songs that made their first appearance a few years ago on a Hep CD. While not every cut is memorable, one can hear the pianist's style evolve over the time frame from a Teddy Wilson-influenced swinger into the famous locked-hands player who was equally at home in bop. Shearing also was a very capable accordion player in his early years, which he demonstrated on a Leonard Feather-produced recording session. In addition to his earliest recording of his famous quintet which added vibes, Shearing is heard extensively as a soloist, in trios, and in two rarely reissued collaborations with Stephane Grappelli. Joop Visser's extensive liner notes are an added bonus. Even though a serious Shearing collector may already have many of the selections in this set, the vastly improved sound, the proper documentation of the musicians and composers, and the thoroughness of the scope of this release make it an essential purchase.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2002
Label:
Proper Box Uk
UPC:
0805520020404
catalogNumber:
40

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
  2. Stomp in F
  3. Blue Boogie
  4. Squeezin' the Blues
  5. Southern Fried
  6. Missouri Scrambler
  7. Wednesday Night Hop
  8. Overnight Hop
  9. Dinah
  10. Jive Bomber
  11. Delayed Action
  12. Jump for Joy
  13. Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar
  14. Champagne
  15. Honeysuckle Rose
  16. How Could You?
  17. A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody
  18. These Foolish Things
  19. More Than You Know
  20. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
  21. You Stepped Out of a Dream
  22. Boogie Ride
  23. Spookie Woogie

Disc 2

  1. Moonray
  2. Rosetta
  3. I'll Never Let a Day Pass By
  4. Coquette
  5. Out of Nowhere
  6. Can't We Be Friends?
  7. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost of a Chance
  8. Time on My Hands
  9. Guilty
  10. I Found a New Boogie
  11. Sweet Lorraine
  12. Cymbal Simon
  13. Riff Up Them Stairs
  14. Five Flat Flurry
  15. Trunk Call
  16. Oh, Lady Be Good
  17. It's Easy to Remember
  18. Blue Moon
  19. So Rare
  20. Have You Met Miss Jones?
  21. Buccaneer's Bounce
  22. When Darkness Falls
  23. Bop's Your Uncle
  24. Sweet and Lovely

Disc 3

  1. Cozy's Bop
  2. Sophisticated Lady
  3. The Nearness of You
  4. Someone to Watch Over Me
  5. Consternation
  6. The Fourth Deuce
  7. The Man from Minton's
  8. To Be or Not to Bop
  9. Poinciana
  10. Cherokee
  11. Four Bars Short
  12. Bebop's Fables
  13. Midnight on Cloud 69
  14. Sorry, Wrong Rhumba
  15. Cotton Top
  16. Moon Over Miami
  17. Life With Feather
  18. September in the Rain
  19. Good to the Last Bop
  20. Bop, Look and Listen
  21. You Are Too Beautiful
  22. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  23. The Continental
  24. Nothin' But D. Best
  25. Summertime

Disc 4

  1. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
  2. In a Chinese Garden, Pt. 1 and 2
  3. Conception
  4. I'll Remember April
  5. Little White Lies
  6. Carnegie Horizons
  7. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
  8. How's Trix?
  9. Changing With the Times
  10. Strollin'
  11. When Your Lover Has Gone
  12. As Long as There's Music
  13. Tenderly
  14. Roses of Picardy
  15. For You
  16. Geneva's Move
  17. Pick Yourself Up
  18. I'll Be Around
  19. Loose Leaf
  20. Easy Living
  21. Taking a Chance on Love
  22. You're Driving Me Crazy
  23. Swedish Pastry
  24. Lonely Moments
  25. How High the Moon

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Shearing   Primary Artist,Piano,Accordion
Billy Eckstine   Vocals
Leonard Feather   Piano
Stéphane Grappelli   Violin
Cozy Cole   Drums
Harry Hayes   Alto Saxophone
Joe Roland   Vibes
Chuck Wayne   Guitar
McKibbon   Bass
Gene Ramey   Bass
Freddie Ballerini   Tenor Saxophone
Denzil Best   Drums
Don Elliott   Xylophone,Vibes
Jack Fallon   Bass
Dave Fullerton   Drums
George Gibbs   Bass
Margie Hyams   Vibes
Jack Llewelyn   Guitar
Curly Russell   Bass
Cliff Townsend   Alto Saxophone
Dick Evans   Guitar
Frank Weir   Clarinet
Sam Molyneux   Bass
Aubrey Franks   Tenor Saxophone
Roy Marsh   Vibes
Alan Franks   Trumpet
Kenny Baker   Trumpet
Ben Edwards   Drums
Carlo Krahmer   Drums
Norman Burns   Drums
Frank Deniz   Guitar
Harry Langsman   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Allan Hodgkiss   Guitar
John Levy   Bass

Technical Credits

Paul James   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Bing Crosby   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
Stéphane Grappelli   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
Barney Kessel   Composer
Andy Kirk   Composer
Artie Shaw   Composer
George Shearing   Composer
Art Tatum   Contributor
Fats Waller   Composer
Red Nichols   Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Adelaide Hall   Contributor
Harry Hayes   Composer
Harlan Leonard   Composer
Billy Maxted   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Chuck Wayne   Composer
Alec Wilder   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Mary Lou Williams   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Gus Arnheim   Composer
Gene Austin   Composer
Denzil Best   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Margie Hyams   Contributor
Gus Kahn   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Hughie Prince   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Hank Ross   Composer
Sarah Vaughan   Contributor
Jule Styne   Composer
Toots Thielemans   Contributor
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Leslie Johnakins   Composer
Jack Baker   Composer
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Jack Sharpe   Composer
Henri Woode   Composer
Fred Culliver   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Kay Swift   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Brooks Bowman   Composer
Clifford R. Burwell   Composer
Patricia Johnston   Composer
Donald Kahn   Composer
Jules LeMare (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Nat Simon   Composer
Einar A. Swan   Composer
Harry Tobias   Composer
Paul Madison   Composer
Eleanore Sheehy   Composer
Roy Bergere   Composer
Ted Fetter   Composer
Hayden Wood   Composer
Joop Visser   Liner Notes
Joe Burke   Composer
Buddy Bernier   Composer
Artie Quenzer   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Jerry Herst   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
John Levy   Composer

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