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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2002
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520020404
  • Catalog Number: 40
  • Sales rank: 103,207

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 How Come You Do Me Like You Do? (2:58)
  2. 2 Stomp in F (2:52)
  3. 3 Blue Boogie (2:21)
  4. 4 Squeezin' the Blues (2:38)
  5. 5 Southern Fried (3:23)
  6. 6 Missouri Scrambler (2:55)
  7. 7 Wednesday Night Hop (2:50)
  8. 8 Overnight Hop (2:38)
  9. 9 Dinah (3:12)
  10. 10 Jive Bomber (3:21)
  11. 11 Delayed Action (3:07)
  12. 12 Jump for Joy (2:42)
  13. 13 Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar (2:43)
  14. 14 Champagne (3:25)
  15. 15 Honeysuckle Rose (2:38)
  16. 16 How Could You? (2:49)
  17. 17 A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody (2:43)
  18. 18 These Foolish Things (3:09)
  19. 19 More Than You Know (3:11)
  20. 20 Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (3:27)
  21. 21 You Stepped Out of a Dream (3:21)
  22. 22 Boogie Ride (3:33)
  23. 23 Spookie Woogie (3:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Moonray (2:45)
  2. 2 Rosetta (3:09)
  3. 3 I'll Never Let a Day Pass By (2:43)
  4. 4 Coquette (2:55)
  5. 5 Out of Nowhere (3:17)
  6. 6 Can't We Be Friends? (2:46)
  7. 7 (I Don't Stand) A Ghost of a Chance (3:14)
  8. 8 Time on My Hands (2:55)
  9. 9 Guilty (3:01)
  10. 10 I Found a New Boogie (3:16)
  11. 11 Sweet Lorraine (2:53)
  12. 12 Cymbal Simon (2:49)
  13. 13 Riff Up Them Stairs (3:14)
  14. 14 Five Flat Flurry (2:43)
  15. 15 Trunk Call (3:16)
  16. 16 Oh, Lady Be Good (3:15)
  17. 17 It's Easy to Remember (3:10)
  18. 18 Blue Moon (3:03)
  19. 19 So Rare (3:00)
  20. 20 Have You Met Miss Jones? (2:59)
  21. 21 Buccaneer's Bounce (2:40)
  22. 22 When Darkness Falls (3:02)
  23. 23 Bop's Your Uncle (2:39)
  24. 24 Sweet and Lovely (3:09)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Cozy's Bop (3:03)
  2. 2 Sophisticated Lady (3:09)
  3. 3 The Nearness of You (2:56)
  4. 4 Someone to Watch Over Me (2:48)
  5. 5 Consternation (2:47)
  6. 6 The Fourth Deuce (2:55)
  7. 7 The Man from Minton's (2:32)
  8. 8 To Be or Not to Bop (2:39)
  9. 9 Poinciana (2:46)
  10. 10 Cherokee (2:46)
  11. 11 Four Bars Short (2:25)
  12. 12 Bebop's Fables (3:06)
  13. 13 Midnight on Cloud 69 (3:12)
  14. 14 Sorry, Wrong Rhumba (3:24)
  15. 15 Cotton Top (2:50)
  16. 16 Moon Over Miami (3:16)
  17. 17 Life With Feather (3:13)
  18. 18 September in the Rain (3:16)
  19. 19 Good to the Last Bop (2:53)
  20. 20 Bop, Look and Listen (2:58)
  21. 21 You Are Too Beautiful (3:14)
  22. 22 I Didn't Know What Time It Was (3:19)
  23. 23 The Continental (3:06)
  24. 24 Nothin' But D. Best (3:00)
  25. 25 Summertime (3:12)
Disc 4
  1. 1 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) (3:09)
  2. 2 In a Chinese Garden, Pt. 1 and 2 (4:43)
  3. 3 Conception (2:56)
  4. 4 I'll Remember April (2:49)
  5. 5 Little White Lies (2:57)
  6. 6 Carnegie Horizons (2:33)
  7. 7 Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (2:42)
  8. 8 How's Trix? (3:17)
  9. 9 Changing With the Times (3:14)
  10. 10 Strollin' (3:09)
  11. 11 When Your Lover Has Gone (2:37)
  12. 12 As Long as There's Music (2:45)
  13. 13 Tenderly (3:12)
  14. 14 Roses of Picardy (2:58)
  15. 15 For You (3:07)
  16. 16 Geneva's Move (2:25)
  17. 17 Pick Yourself Up (2:55)
  18. 18 I'll Be Around (2:58)
  19. 19 Loose Leaf (2:33)
  20. 20 Easy Living (3:06)
  21. 21 Taking a Chance on Love (2:40)
  22. 22 You're Driving Me Crazy (3:10)
  23. 23 Swedish Pastry (2:40)
  24. 24 Lonely Moments (3:21)
  25. 25 How High the Moon (2:48)
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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
Al 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
Al Dubin Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Walter Gross Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II 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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